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Officials say when first units arrived on the scene they found heavy fire coming from the back of the building on the fourth and fifth floors. Firefighters say they entered the building but found the blaze had spread to the walls and void spaces.
Fire officials say crews then changed their tactic to a defensive aerial attack from the outside of the building.
The blaze causes significant damage to the upper floors and roof. Emergency dispatchers say no one was injured in the blaze.
Units from several city fire stations were assisted on the scene by Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company, the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway, Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company,
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire. The Hagerstown Fire Marshal's Office is asking that anyone in the area who noticed activity around the building before the fire to call (301)-790-2476 with information or email firstname.lastname@example.org