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Fire hits duplex, businesses


Two families were left homeless and two businesses were destroyed in a fire last night in Lonaconing directly across the street from the site of a blaze two years ago that left historic buildings in the Allegany County town in ruins.

State fire officials said the blaze began in the attic of a two-story wooden duplex about 6 p.m. and was brought under control in about four hours by firefighters from three Maryland counties and West Virginia.

An electrical blackout caused by the fire about 9:30 p.m. left about 80 percent of the town without power.

Two people were injured, but officials could not provide any details. Occupants of the two apartments were not home when the fire hit.

The businesses destroyed were Bouquet Boutique and Valley Hairways. The cause was still under investigation last night.

Across the street, workers have been putting the finishing touches on a $1.6 million housing complex for the elderly, the replacement for buildings destroyed in May 1990.

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