Fire Destroys House

Police and fire scan

April 26, 1992

SNYDERSBURG — An early Wednesday morning fire forced a family to flee and did about $100,000 damage, according to the state Fire Marshal's Office.

Richard Bryant, his wife Judy Byrns and son Josh were forced out of their house about 4 a.m. when a fire that started in a bathroom spread through the two-story wood-frame home.

The family fled when smoke filled the house, said Bob Thomas, deputy chief state fire marshal. Although the house had a smoke alarm, it did not go off, Thomas said.

Byrns and her son suffered minor burns to their feet, and Byrns also was burned on her right elbow. All three family members suffered from smoke inhalation, fire officials said.

It took eight units from Carroll and Baltimore counties abouttwo hours to get the fire under control.



WESTMINSTER -- Three cars piled into each other on Route 97 Wednesday afternoon, sending one driver to the Maryland ShockTrauma Center in Baltimore and the other two drivers to Carroll County General Hospital, according to police.

The accident caused southbound traffic on Route 97 to back up for 30 minutes, police said.

The accident started when a vehicle driven by Thomas Baumgartner, 37, of Linthicum, who was traveling south on Route 97, crossed the center line and started traveling in the northbound lane, according to Maryland State Police reports.

When Baumgartner tried to get his 1984 Plymouth minivan back into the southbound lane, his van was struck by a car driven by Sandra Burrill, 30, of Boog Road in Hampstead.

Burrill's 1989 Volkswagen station wagon skidded into the driver's side of Baumgartner's van.

The van spun around so that it was facing south in the northbound lane, where it was struck head-on by a car driven by Robert Bowden, 42, of Westminster.

Baumgartner, who was thrown from his van, was taken to the Shock Trauma Center, where he wasadmitted in serious condition. Burrill and Bowden were both taken toCarroll County General Hospital, where they were treated and released.



MANCHESTER -- A Manchester woman lost control of her car on a rain-slick road Wednesday morning and was injured when it rolled over, police said.

Sharon Goode, of York Street in Manchester, was driving in the 3800 block of Water Tank Road when she lost control of her 1985 Ford Bronco.

Police said they could not determine which direction she was traveling when the accident happened.

Goode was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was reported in fair condition.


Here is a compilation of some of recent crimes reported in in Carroll County:


Welsey Road: Westminster Police arrested Stewart K. Wisner, 36, and charged him with driving while intoxicated on April 22. He was released on $1,500 bail.


North Main Street: Westminster police arrested William D. Cole, 30, and charged him with driving while intoxicated.


Doral Court: Westminster police said that Marvin W. Wright reported someone broke into avan parked outside his house and stole about $131 in property on April 19.

Wampler Court: Westminster police arrested Calvin C. Reed, 30, and charged him two counts of battery and one count of child abuse on April 20. He was placed on a $10,000 bond.

Pennsylvania Avenue: Westminster police reported that Rebecca Orenstein said someone entered a shed at the rear of her house and removed property worth about $360 on April 20.

Baldwin Park Drive: Westminster police arrested Robert J. Haas, 36, and charged him with driving while intoxicated on April 22. He was released on personal recognizance.

East Main Street: Westminster police said that Wayne F. Orendorff, of Gettysburg, reported that some one had broken the passenger-side window of his car while it was parked, causing about $100 in damage on April 22.

Cindy Lane: Maryland State Police arrested Jeffrey B. Hammell, 19, and charged with possession of drugs on April 23.

E. Main Street: Westminster police said Greg M. Bethea reported that some broke the window of his car and stole a radio, causing $589 in damage, on April 23.

Sycamore Street: Westminster police arrested Ernest L. Robertson, 18, and charged him with driving with a suspended license.


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

April 21

4:06 p.m., Westminster responded toa smoke detector sounding on South Church Street.

4:35 p.m., Sykesville responded to a brush fire on Obrecht Road.

April 22

4:17a.m., Hampstead, Manchester, Westminster, Reese, Lineboro, Arcadia and Boring responded to a house fire on Snydersburg Road.

1:29 p.m., Sykesville and Gamber responded to a fire alarm on Bartholow Road.

5:26 p.m., Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia responded to a trash fire on Snydersburg Road.

10:46 p.m., Winfield and Lisbon responded to a field fire on Woodbine Road.

April 23

12:45 a.m., Westminster investigated a building on Wisteria Drive.

5:49 p.m., Winfield responded to an automobile fire on John Pickett Road.

April 24

1:39 p.m., Sykesville responded to a woods fire on Route 97.

3:14 p.m., Winfield responded to a stove fire on LaSalle Lane.

3:10 p.m., Harney, Taneytown and Kingsdale responded to a house fire on Piney Creek Road.

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