Fire officials seek cause of Westminster apartments blaze


Fire authorities are investigating the cause of a two-alarm fire in Westminster late Saturday that temporarily displaced residents of seven apartments.

The blaze, which was brought under control within an hour, began about 10: 30 p.m. in the living room of an apartment occupied by Harry L. Dowden Jr., 49, of the 200 block of E. Main St., state fire marshals said. Damage, which was mainly confined to Dowden's apartment, was estimated at $125,000.

Derrick Anderson of Finksburg was driving by the two-story building when his 11-year-old daughter Ashley noticed smoke coming from a window, fire marshals said. Anderson reported the fire on his cellular phone and alerted residents, who escaped without injury.

Five apartments have been reoccupied, and a sixth will be as soon as electrical repairs are completed, fire marshals said.

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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