BALTIMORE COUNTY — Stump dump flare takes 13 hours to quell
Fifty firefighters from two counties battled 13 hours to quell a flame up at the Granite stump dump that started Saturday, the Baltimore County fire department said.
Firefighters from both Baltimore and Howard counties sent companies to fight the fire at the controversial stump dump that has been smoldering since Feb. 2.
A call came into Baltimore County Fire Communications at 8:08 p.m. Saturday, and the firefighters didn't leave the scene near the 8700 block of Dogwood Road until 10:45 a.m. Sunday, fire officials said.
The blaze was probably caused when the smoldering stump fire hit a pocket of oxygen and ignited, a fire official said. Firefighters pumped water out of a nearby creek to battle the blaze on the 35-acre stump dump.
Medical center fire believed accidental
Hundreds of patients with questions about appointments and medical records jammed the answering services yesterday of 16 doctors in Salisbury whose offices were damaged Saturday in one of the city's worst fires in years.
A dozen of the 200 firefighters and emergency medical personnel who fought the fire were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and exhaustion. Three were treated at Peninsula General Hospital.
Wicomico County Fire Marshal Edward L. Torbert said the fire appeared to have started accidentally in the second-floor office of Dr. Farouk Sultani, a plastic surgeon. From there, it spread through the ceiling to other suites, damaging them and consuming the roof.
Mr. Torbert estimated damage to Building A of the Riverside Medical Parks Center at $2 million to $3 million.
Doctors who spent most of yesterday salvaging records and some equipment from the water-soaked remains of their offices reported by day's end that they had saved over 95 percent of their medical records.
"The response to this tragedy was tremendous," Dr. Sultani said. "A hundred people were there today trying to clean up. A lot of citizens pitched in and helped move things. It was unbelievable to see that kind of outpouring and sympathy and help." A 26-year-old Allegany County man parked in a cemetery in Mount Savage died yesterday afternoon when he and a companion apparently were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes.
State police said Mark A. Bridges, of Mount Savage, was found dead in a 1977 Ford LTD parked at St. Patrick's Cemetery with the windows closed and engine running.
Mr. Bridges' companion, Deborah Ann Often, 34, also of Mount Savage, was listed in critical condition at Cumberland Memorial Hospital.
FOR THE RECORD
* Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is scheduled to address the Council of Jewish Federations' General Assembly Thursday night at the Baltimore Convention Center. The General Assembly, the largest annual gathering of Jewish community leaders in North America, runs from Tuesday to Sunday and is expected to draw more than 3,000 delegates to Baltimore.