A Marley Fire Causes $165,000 In Damage

Police beat

June 17, 1991

A fire caused $165,000 damage to three Marley homes early yesterday,and authorities suspect arson.

The fire began at 14 Windover Road, an unoccupied house, around 1 a.m. and quickly spread to two adjoining houses, county fire Capt. Michael Schaal said.

Schaal said fire officials are investigating the blaze as a probable arson, but he did not elaborate.

Some 59 firefighters from every Arundel battalion battled the blaze for more than two hours beforebringing it under control at 3:34 a.m., Schaal said.

One firefighter suffered minor back injuries while fighting the blaze, he said.


A 27-year-old Severn man working on his power boat suffered severe burns yesterday when gas fumes ignited as he tried to start the boat, authorities said.

John Corcoran was flown by state police helicopter to the Francis Scott Key Burn Center in Baltimore, where he remained in critical condition last night.

Corcoran had disconnected the fuel line of his 16-foot boat while working in the garage next to a house in the 900 block SouthWicker Road, county fire department Capt. Michael Schaal said.

When Corcoran tried to start the boat just after 11 a.m., flames quickly engulfed the garage, sending him running from the building and screaming for help.

Flames destroyed the garage, spread to the attic of the one-story rancher Corcoran had rented from owner Samuel Harrison and damaged a car in the driveway, Schaal said. Authorities estimated the damage at $30,000.

Firefighters brought the two-alarm blazeunder control at 11:37 a.m., Schaal said.

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