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Pre-dawn fire destroys almost-finished Md. hospice residence

HAGERSTOWN — The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a blaze that heavily damaged a nearly completed hospice residence in Hagerstown.

A statement from the agency estimates damage to the structure at $3.5 million from the fire early Monday. The agency says nearly 80 firefighters worked for almost three hours to bring the wind-driven flames under control.

The fire was reported shortly before 3 a.m. Monday.

The facility with room for 12 patients was to have been finished by Dec. 31.
Hospice of Washington County Chief Executive Eric Klimes says in a statement that the organization will rebuild.

It will be the first hospice residence in Washington County.