WASHINGTON COUNTY, MD - Several Hagerstown fire units were dispatched to a house fire, where children were reported to be trapped inside.
It happened around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning on Harvard Road off of Dual Highway.
Fire officials say when they arrived they could see flames coming out of the back and side of the house. They say the fire was mostly contained to the first floor.
There was a smoke alarm in the house, but it was not functioning.
Two separate crews were sent into the house; one to look for the victims and the other to put out the fire. Thankfully, it turned out no one was inside.
"This was an extreme event for us. We go to every fire preparing to go in and do a search but we're not always told that there are people inside. Luckily, this time there weren't any inside," says Captain Adam Hopkins, of the Hagerstown Fire Department."We go in there preparing for the worst, but expecting the best."
Fire officials say the two 16-year-old teenagers they were looking for were in school at the time of the fire. The other two people who were inside the home made it safely outside.
The State Fire Marshal's Office say the fire started in the basement crawl space. It has been ruled as an accident.