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Blaze damages apartment building attic in Annapolis historic district But no one hurt by 2-alarm fire


A two-alarm fire ripped through a two-story apartment building Friday afternoon in the historic district of Annapolis.

There were no reported injuries in the blaze, but two people walking by soon after the arrival of firefighters rescued a dog from the entry way.

Annapolis fire officials could not say Friday what caused the fire, which started in the attic of the home in the 200 block of Duke of Gloucester Street, near Church Circle.

Capt. Leonard A. Clark said residents who live near the home called the Fire Department several times between noon and 1:30 p.m. to report that they smelled smoke, but firefighters were unable to locate the source of the odor.

By 1:30 p.m, someone saw smoke coming from the roof of the building, which is divided into two homes and sits about 20 yards back from the street.

The first firefighters on the scene were told that an invalid was in one of the units, but after an extensive search, they decided that the building was empty.

A second alarm was called about 1:50 p.m., bringing 25 more firefighters to the scene.

The fire was put under control at 2:05 p.m.

Captain Clark said only one unit, which was being rented by Richard V. Fraser, sustained fire damage, which was confined to the attic. The other two floors suffered severe smoke and water damage and appear to be uninhabitable, he said.

The other unit, occupied by the building's owner, Thomas S. Thompson, sustained smoke and water damage.

Captain Clark said firefighters were able to confine the fire to the attic, preventing flames from damaging the exterior wooden shingles.

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