Fire Causes Damage

Police and fire scan

November 06, 1991

KEYSVILLE — A chimney fire spread to the roof of a cabinet shop Monday afternoonand caused an estimated $35,000 damage, fire officials said.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the fire in the chimney of Key Cabinet Shop Inc. on Keysville-Frederick County Road started at about2 p.m.

About 40 firefighters from Taneytown, Emmittsburg, Union Bridge, Harney, New Midway, Woodsboro and Rocky Ridge brought the blaze undercontrol in 10 minutes, he said.

Thomas said the one of the ownersof the business, William Duble, and his son were near the cabinet shop when the blaze broke out.

No one was injured in the fire, and the cause was determined to be accidental, Thomas said.


WESTMINSTER -- A Littlestown Pike man was arrested Saturday night and charged with malicious burning in connection with a Dumpster fire.

State police charged William Edward Raczkowski with setting a fire just before 11:30 p.m. in the Dumpster behind the High's Dairy Store at Sullivan Road and Route 140.

He was released on $500 bond.


A 21-year-old Westminster man was listed in critical condition late yesterday following a two-car crash on Route 27 Oct. 25.

Timothy Baum of Liberty Street was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore to be treated for head and chest injuries in the 4 p.m. accident.

Police said Baum was traveling south on Route 27 just north of Sams Creek Road at the time of the crash.

Police said Baum apparently crossed the center line and struck a C. J. Miller Construction truck heading north on Route 27.

The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash, police said.

Two Reisterstown residents were listed in fair condition late yesterday after an Oct. 27 crash on Route 140 thatkilled a Pennsylvania man.

Police said Francisco Alejandres of Spring Grove, Pa., was killed in the crash.

Police said the accidentoccurred around 1 a.m. when Alejandres, traveling west on Route 140 in a 1987 Pontiac Firebird, crossed the grass median strip, entered the eastbound lanes of Route 140, and struck a 1990 Ford truck head-on, police said.

The truck was driven by Timothy Reger, 22. Reger and his passenger, Kimberly A. Jefferson, 21, were taken to the trauma unit by ambulance.


Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve theCrime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the vandalism of a car parked at the Sandymount Park and Ride.

Police said thecar was hit with a blunt object sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 5and 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 6.

The front windshield and two windows on the drivers side were dented and a dent was made in the front driver's side door, police said.

No estimate of the damage on the car wasgiven.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

Oct. 31

3:24 p.m., Hampstead, Arcadia, Boring and Reese responded to a woods fire on Emory Church Road.

Nov. 1

1:05 a.m., Hampstead responded to leaves on fire on Greenmount Church Road.

2:04 a.m., Hampstead responded to leaves on fire on Greenmount Church Road.

Nov. 2

7:45 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstown responded to a gas leak at the 140 Village Shopping Center.

8:04 a.m., Reese and Westminster responded to an alarm bell sounding on Baltimore Boulevard.

10:15 a.m., Westminster responded to a vehicle fire on Snow Fall Way.

11:53 a.m., Hampsteadresponded to a brush fire on Brookview Court.

1:04 p.m., Westminster responded to a brush fire on Wampler Court.

3:14 p.m., Westminster and New Windsor responded to a house fire on Dennings Road.

Nov. 3

1:02 a.m., Sykesville responded to a Dumpster fire on Springfield Avenue.

5:05 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a lawn mower fireon Woodville Road in Frederick County.

5:13 p.m., Winfield responded to a smoke investigation on Buffalo Road.

7:35 p.m., Lineboro assisted Baltimore County on a woods fire.

Nov. 4

10:17 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a shed fire on Mostin Drive.

1:39 p.m., Gamber responded to a woods fire on Deer Park Road.

1:56 p.m., Taneytown, Union Bridge, New Midway, Harney, Woodsboro, Rocky Ridge, Emmittsburg of Frederick County and Reese responded to a building fire on Keysville-Frederick Road.

2:36 p.m., Gamber, Reese,and Sykesville responded to a chimney fire on London Bridge Road.

5:27 p.m., Gamber, Winfield and Sykesville responded to a house fireon Bartholow Road.

5:30 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield and Liberty Road responded to a chimney fire on Honeycomb Court.

Nov. 5

2:12 a.m., Manchester responded to a woods fire on Cape Horn Road.

9:27 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Montgomery County on a chimney fire on Ridge Road.

12:29 p.m, Harney assisted Frederick County on a grill fire on Chesapeake Avenue.

12:34 p.m., Manchester and Pleasant Hill of York County, Pa., responded to a field fire on Backwoods Road.

1:20 p.m., Gamber, Reese and Westminster responded to a brushfire on Jim Bowers Road.

1:54 p.m., Taneytown assisted Frederick County on a mountain fire in Cunningham Falls State Park.

2:01 p.m., Sykesville transferred an engine to Gamber.


Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:


1600 block of Hanover Pike: Vehicles spray-painted in parking lot Oct. 30. Estimated loss: $3,000.


5800 blockof Bartholow Road: Candy stolen from school concession stand Nov. 2.Estimated loss: $220.

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