A 23-year-old woman suffered minor smoke inhalation Sunday during a fire that began in a neighboring Savage town house, county firefighters said.
Gina Dolin, 23, of the 8300 block Perri Drive in the Howard Hills area, was treated at Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital and released.
The fire occurred at 11:25 p.m.
Firefighters said the kitchen apparently caught fire after electrical wiring short-circuited. No one was home, and heavy smoke poured out the town house and drifted to Dolin's home, firefighters said.
The residents of the first home, John Brooks and his daughter, Linda Brooks, were assisted by the Red Cross in finding temporary housing. Firefighters estimate the damage to their home at $25,000.
GAS STATION ATTENDANT ASSAULTED IN $2 THEFT
A man who claimed he was armed with a knife assaulted a gas station attendant Friday in Savage and escaped with $2, county police said.
The 17-year-old attendant reported that he was standing outside the Exxon station office, in the 9000 block Washington Boulevard, when a man grabbed him and forced him to the side of the building, police said.
The assailant told the victim he was carrying a knife and demanded money. The victim refused, and a struggle began, police said.
The two men fought briefly and the assailant grabbed $2 from theattendant's pocket, police said. He ran off in the area of the Storch Woods apartment complex.
Police said the attendant was not injured. The attacker is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall withbrown hair parted in the middle. He wore tan clothing and Docksider shoes, police said.
The incident occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m.
A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:
6800 block Waterloo Road: April 8, electronic equipment was stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. by someone who forced open the front door of the home.
9100 block MoonshineHollow: April 4, a television was reported stolen at 10:30 p.m. froma home entered when someone forced open the front door.
7400 block Mink Hollow Road: April 5, several auto parts were stolen sometime before 11:50 p.m. from a storage shed.