COLUMBIA — Man escapes fire before it destroys house
A Columbia man was lucky to be alive yesterday after escaping from his home before it was ravaged by a blaze Saturday night, state fire officials said.
No one was injured in the two-alarm blaze in the 10300 block of Sixpence Circle, but officials said it started with such force that .. neighbors thought the house had exploded. The fire started about 7:40 p.m., and destroyed Peter C. Muncie's home and all its contents within half an hour.
The cause was unknown.
Bob Thomas, a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office, said a preliminary investigation indicated the fire had been smoldering in Mr. Muncie's attic for nearly two hours before he smelled smoke, called the fire department and left the house.
Minutes later, the heat in the attic intensified to the point of ignition and the smoldering fire burst into an intense blaze that consumed the single-story, wood-frame structure and damaged two adjacent homes.
Damage was estimated at more than $325,000.
About 60 Howard County firefighters battled the fire for about 40 minutes before it was extinguished.
$8 million jackpot will go to one winner
There was just one winning ticket in Saturday night's Lotto drawing for a jackpot of approximately $8 million. The randomly selected ticket was purchased at a convenience store in Cecil County.
The winner has yet to come forward to officially claim the prize, which will be paid out at about $400,000 a year for 20 years, before taxes, said Carroll H. Hynson, a lottery spokesman.
One hundred and nine Lotto tickets matched five of the six winning numbers, each worth $1,188. An additional 5,820 tickets had four of the six numbers and are worth $38 each.
The numbers drawn were 8-11-27-28-37-49.
Next week's estimated annuity jackpot will be $2 million.
Unknown man found murdered
Baltimore city police are investigating the apparent stabbing death of an unidentified man, whose body was discovered by officers early yesterday in the 1500 block of Aisquith Street.
Police arriving at the scene at 3:22 a.m. found the body lying in the street with a stab wound to the neck. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
Police said they had neither a motive nor suspect in the slaying.
Two people killed in separate accidents
Two people were killed in automobile accidents yesterday, including a 22-year-old Catonsville man riding in a sports car that ran off Key Highway in Baltimore, slammed into a pole and split upon impact, police said.
Jeffrey Foster was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:20 a.m. crash. The man identified as the driver, Gregory Chaffman, 25, of Ellicott City, was listed in serious condition at Mercy Hospital.
Witnesses told police that the car, a 1974 Datsun 280Z, ran out of control at a high rate of speed in the 1100 block of Key Highway before hitting the pole.
Just before 3 p.m., a 78-year-old Frederick County woman was killed in a two-car accident at U.S. 40 and Route 17 near Myersville.
Police said the victim, Grace Holter Zecher of Burkittsville, was riding in a car driven by her husband, 78-year-old Melvin Zecher, which missed a stop sign on Route 17 and ran into the path of a car on U.S. 40.
Mr. Zecher was admitted to Washington County Hospital, while the two people in the other car were released after treatment at Frederick Memorial Hospital, police said.
Hispanic celebration The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore raised $526,000 yesterday in a marathon telephone fund-raising campaign that lasted more than 12 hours, according to Alfred Himmelrich, a co-chairman of its Super Phone Day.
Nearly 1,000 volunteers made more than 15,000 calls, asking members of the Jewish community to make a pledge to the annual fund drive, Mr. Himmelrich said. More than 6,000 of those reached by telephone agreed to make a donation.
The $526,000 exceeded last year's total of $500,000. About 60 percent of the money will go to local Jewish charities while 40 percent will be sent to Israel and other parts of the world.
Catonsville man killed in Key Highway crash
A 22-year-old Catonsville man was killed and another man was seriously injured early yesterday when the sports car they were in ran off Key Highway in Baltimore, slammed into a light pole and was split in half by the impact, police said.
Jeffrey Foster was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:20 a.m. crash. The man identified as the driver, Gregory Chaffman, 25, of Ellicott City, was listed in serious but stable condition at Mercy Hospital.
Witnesses told police that the 1974 Datsun 280Z ran out of control at a high rate of speed in the 1100 block of Key Highway. When the car hit a pole, the rear portion stopped while the front part traveled about 50 feet further.
An investigation was continuing.