Fire guts apartments 2 families left homeless NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

January 05, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Two Carroll families are homeless after a two-alarm fire gutted their apartment building at 2112 Hanover Pike in Greenmount early yesterday.

The two-story wooden structure, which also housed landlord John Constantinides' law offices, caught fire in the kitchen of the downstairs apartment about 3 a.m. yesterday, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Al Ward.

Damage was estimated at $70,000, he said.

An unidentified Arcadia firefighter was sent to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated for smoke inhalation and released, Mr. Ward said.

All of the occupants escaped serious injury.

The fire singed the hair of Katha Calaminta, Mr. Ward said. Ms. Calaminta lived in the downstairs apartment with Edward Levenson and his son Scott.

Residents of the upstairs apartment -- Wayne Fritz, Victoria Hagen and her children, Erica, 6, and Spencer, 4 -- will probably be staying with Ms. Hagen's mother until they find another place to live, said Amy Gaver, staff specialist for the Red Cross' county office.

Ms. Gaver said she didn't know if the other family had found shelter.

"Neither family has contacted us," she said, adding that the Red Cross needs to find the families so the organization can offer help with food, clothing and furniture costs.

"They lost pretty much everything," she said.

Troopers closed Route 30 about 3 a.m. during the fire, said Sgt. Steven Reynolds, public information officer at the Westminster state police barracks. The road was reopened about 6:30 a.m., he said.

Some 60 firefighters from Hampstead, Westminster, Manchester, Lineboro, Arcadia, Boring and Hereford brought the fire under control within two hours, Mr. Ward said.

State fire marshals are investigating the cause of the blaze.

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