5/22/17 – Fires damaged a residence and three garage units within a quarter mile of each other in Hartford early Saturday morning. Washington County Sheriff’s officials say the first fire reported was at a residence on Highway 83 shortly after 5am. The home belongs to an 82-year-old woman. An off-duty Hartford firefighter stopped and rescued a cat from her home before other firefighters arrived. Meanwhile, a deputy setting up traffic control down the road saw heavy smoke coming from the 16-unit garage structure at the Oriole Pond apartment complex in the City of Hartford. Nine fire departments battled the two blazes. The garage and contents at the woman’s residence sustained severe damage and a vehicle was a total loss. Three garage units were damaged at the apartment complex, which is a new construction and had no tenants. Both fires are under investigation.