UPDATE: Fire victims receive relief after losing everything

A local community center is filled with donations for victims of apartment fire

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -
A community is rallying around victims of an apartment fire that displaced more than 40 people.
 
The victims of the blaze lost everything.
 
However, with the support of the Red Cross, local businesses and concerned citizens, the victims were able to see some return to normalcy in their lives.
 
While the Red Cross places the victims into temporary housing, donations have been pouring into the community center of the Cortland Apartments, from businesses such as Weis and Subway to just ordinary people answering the call for help.
 
"Oh my goodness! I just cannot believe that we have this many good people in our community,” said Felicia Benear, a volunteer helping the victims. “It's great. It's great!"
 
Cortland Apartments is accepting donations at 12806 Little Elliott Drive.
 
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The investigation into the fire at the Cortland Apartments on Little Elliot Drive in Hagerstown continued on Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Fire Marshals.
 
Hagerstown Fire Marshals worked on site beginning at 5 a.m. for over seven hours Monday to determine the fire's cause.
 
The scene was cleared around 12:30 p.m.
 
The fire involved one of the buildings that contained 12 units.
 
The Hagerstown City Fire Marshals have determined that the fire originated on one of the apartment's exterior balconies.
 
The fire traveled upwards on the exterior of the building and into the attic, but fire walls in the attic and between the apartments contained most of the damage to one corner of the building.
 
The fire caused significant damage to Apartments 2, 6 and 10.
 
The investigation revealed the sprinklers, fire alarms and smoke alarms were working during the fire and alerted residents of the fire allowing them to leave in time.
 
One Hagerstown Fire Department Firefighter suffered a minor injury, and one resident of the building was treated at the scene for exposure to smoke.
 
Another resident was treated for an existing medical condition not associated with the fire.
 
The residents displaced by the fire were taken to the Cortland Community Center, where they were being assisted by the American Red Cross and Cortland Apartment's staff.
 
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A two-alarm fire at Cortland Apartments in the 12900-block of Little Elliot Drive has left 46 people displaced, including 16 children.
 
According to Washington County Dispatchers, the fire was first called in just after 5:00 a.m. Monday morning, as 64 emergency responders from Washington and Franklin Counties were called to assist in controlling the blaze.
 
One firefighter was sent to Meritus Medical Center, but the severity of their injury is unknown. 
 
Dispatchers also stated that the majority of the fire was able to be controlled by about 5:30 a.m.

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