WESTMINSTER — State fire officials still were investigating late Friday the cause of a one-alarm blaze at the Westminster Supply Co. on Tuesday night.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the fire at the Hahn Road company broke out around 8:45 p.m.
Thomas said building owner John Cockley discovered the fire afterhe heard the steel-frame building sprinkler system go on.
The fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the building and its contents, he said.
About 50 firefighters from Westminster, Reese, PleasantValley and Reisterstown, Baltimore County, responded to the fire andbrought it under control in 15 minutes, Thomas said.
He said fireofficials determined the fire began in the front of the building.
BOY CHARGED IN CAR THEFT
WESTMINSTER -- State police charged a 14-year-old boy who escaped from the psychiatric unit of Carroll County General Hospital with auto theft and juvenile delinquency Wednesday, officials reported.
The boy, whose name is being withheld, is charged with stealing a 1984 Pontiac from the 700 block of William Avenue after fleeing the hospital, police said.
Police said the car, a Firebird, was stolen from the home of Thomas H. Kirby.
Springfield Hospital Center Police spotted someone driving erratically on the grounds and attempted to stop the car.
The car left the grounds and a chase ensued involving Sykesville police, state police reported. The boy left the hospital and turned on to Route 32 heading south, said Sykesville Patrolman Glen Ruff. The car continued to Springfield Avenue, Ruff said, until its driver failed to negotiate a sharp turn at Walnut Avenue.
The chase ended then, when the car overturned and hit a rock embankment and a telephone pole. Ruff said the car's roof was crushed; the driver was uninjured in the accident.
In addition to the theft charge, the boy is charged with eluding an officer, reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, criminal trespass and failure to remain right of center.
State police said theyouth was returned to Carroll County General Hospital.
3 HURT, 1 DEAD IN WRECKS
A 21-year-old Westminster man was listed in critical condition late yesterday following a two-car crash on Route 27 on Oct.25.
Timothy Baum of Liberty Street was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore to be treated for head and chest injuries in the 4 p.m. accident.
Police said Baum was driving a 1979 Pontiac Bonneville south on Route 27 just north of Sams Creek Road when his car apparently crossed the center line and struck a northbound C. J. Miller Construction truck.
The truck was driven by Anthony Schafer of Hampstead. He was not injured in the crash, police said.
Two Reisterstown residents were listed in fair and stable condition late yesterday after an Oct. 27 crash on Route 140 that killed a Pennsylvania man.
Police said Francisco Alejandres of Spring Grove, Pa., was killed in the crash.
Police said the accident occurred around 1 a.m., when Alejandres' 1987 Pontiac Firebird, traveling west on Route 140, 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 center by ambulance.
DRIVERS BUCKLING UP
WESTMINSTER -- Seventy-six percent of 4,500 city drivers observed last month were wearing their seat belts, city police reported.
The city police complied the statistics as part ofthe Governor's Highway Safety Program.
During the month, police spent two days observing motorists at four city intersections.
The 76 percent compliance with the state seat belt law represented a 3 percentage point increase over last year's statistics for October, police said.
Police said 67 percent of male drivers and 85 percent of female drivers wore their seat belts.
During October city police made 13 drunken-driving arrests, wrote 80 citations for speeding 10 mph or more over the speed limit and wrote 269 citations for exceeding the speed limit by 9 mph or less.
The Governor's Highway Safety Program continues through March 31.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
3:54 a.m., Westminster, Reese and Gamber responded to a fire alarm sounding on Washington Road.
2:26 p.m., Sykesville, Liberty Roadand Howard County responded to a brush fire on Marriottsville Road.
5:56 p.m., Hampstead responded to a house fire on Forreston Road in Baltimore County. The call was canceled.
8:15 p.m., Hampstead responded to a woods fire on Greenmount Church Road.
8:16 p.m., Hampstead responded to a woods fire on Rohrbaugh Road.
2:08 a.m., Westminster responded to a brush fire on Manchester Avenue.
3:18 a.m., Manchester and Hampstead responded to an automatic fire alarm on York Street.
8:22 a.m., Winfield and Sykesville responded to a fire alarm on Competitive Golds Drive.
8:37 a.m., Reese responded to a woods fire on Carrollton Road.
9:35 a.m., Sykesville and Winfield responded to an auto fire on Old Washington Road.
11:08 a.m., Gamber responded to a field fire on Niner Road.
11:50 a.m., Pleasant Valley responded to an automatic fire alarm on Old Westminster Road, Adams County.