Fire damaged half of a duplex Friday afternoon at the corner of Dewey and McKee avenues in Hagerstown, forcing four people from their home, according to city Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven.
The fire was called in at 5:03 p.m., a Washington County 911 dispatcher said.
When firefighters arrived, they found the front porch of 929 Dewey Ave. on fire and engulfed in smoke, DeHaven said.
Smoke could be seen from a distance, but the blaze was quickly brought under control, DeHaven said.
“That’s the area we’re focusing on now,” DeHaven said of the porch.
He said Friday evening that the investigation was focused on a kerosene heater on the porch, but the cause was still under investigation.
Four adults lived in the house, and it was recommended that they stay somewhere else until repairs can be made, DeHaven said.
No one was injured in the fire, and a dog and two cats in the house were also found unhurt, he said.
In addition to extensive fire damage to the porch, there was some fire extending into the room adjacent to it, with moderate smoke damage to that area and minor smoke damage to the rest of the home, he said.
“We have some damage that came through the doors and windows of the first and second floors,” DeHaven said.
“It does look like it came from the outside in,” he said of the path of the fire damage.
The fire did not extend to the other half of the duplex, which has an address of 27 McKee Ave., DeHaven said.