Md. Firefighters Hurt Containing Blaze

The fire broke out in a business on the first floor of an apartment complex.


Editor's Note -- The firefighters and medic hurt have been released from the hospital. 

A two-alarm fire, which started in a business in downtown Havre de Grace, sent two firefighters to the hospital on Valentine's Day night, according to Scott Hurst, chief of the Susquehanna Hose Company.

The fire erupted in tax preparation business, located on the first floor of an apartment complex, in the 500 block of Franklin Street, around 7 p.m. Friday, Hurst said. He said the call came into the fire house at 7:15 p.m.

Firefighters from the Susquehanna Hose Company, Aberdeen Fire Department, Level Volunteer Fire Company and Community Fire Company of Perryville responded to the fire, Hurst said.

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It took about 30 minutes for firefighters to contain the fire, Hurst said.

Two firefighters, both with Susquehanna Hose Company, were injured while fighting the blaze, Hurst said. One suffered an injury from a fall and the other from an electrical shock, he said.

Both firefighters were transported to nearby Harford Memorial Hospital. Neither firefighter's injuries were life-threatening, the chief said.

Hurst said no one else was injured during the fire. He said no one was inside the tax preparation business when the fire started. He did not know if any of the apartments, which are in a large attached house, were occupied.

Investigators from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office are at the scene and working to determine the cause of the fire, Hurst said.

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