Fire Rips Through Hagerstown Apartment Building

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a fire ripped through an apartment building in Western Maryland, displacing dozens of people.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office says the fire late Tuesday in the three-story apartment building in Hagerstown started on the roof. The fire marshal’s office says no injuries have been reported, but authorities are working to confirm that all 74 residents have been accounted for.

The fire marshal says witnesses described a potential lightning strike before the blaze, but it says the cause remains under investigation.

Travis Nagle, who lives in the building, tells The Herald Mail that he believes the lightning strike is to blame. He says he was in the building when the lightning struck and the “whole building shook.”

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