Glen Burnie

November 05, 1992

Blaze at mall causes $100,000 in damage

Pipes heated to glowing by a plumber's torch touched off a fire Tuesday night that caused $100,000 in damage to a card store and other parts of Harundale Mall, county fire officials said yesterday.

Capt. Gary Sheckells, a Fire Department spokesman, said the plumber was using a blowtorch to break the solder between copper pipes in the ceiling to remove them about 11 p.m. He left, unaware that the heated pipes had ignited the insulation.

Firefighters were called to the shop at 11:21 p.m. and found a small fire in the ceiling. It was extinguished in about 15 minutes, and no injuries were reported.

Captain Sheckells said the sprinkler system contained the blaze in the ceiling, adding that half of the mall was flooded yesterday ++ morning. Most of the $20,000 in damage to the store and $80,000 damage to the mall was caused by water, he added.

He said the cause has been ruled accidental.

"The thing that saved everything was the sprinkler system," Captain Sheckells said. "The fire could have gone undetected and done considerably more damage throughout the mall."

Armed man holds up Crain Highway Dash-In

A man who appeared to have a gun robbed a Dash-In convenience store on Crain Highway Tuesday night, getting away with an undetermined amount of money, police said.

Police said the man walked into the store, in the 7900 block of Crain Highway, about 7 p.m. and immediately went to the counter with his hands under his jacket and demanded money.

He left the store heading north on Nol Park Court, police said. He is described as a white male, 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds.

K? He had a thin build and was wearing a green baseball cap, a

green jacket and blue jeans.

POLICE

* Glen Burnie Park: Vandals broke two glass doors and shattered a car window Monday at the Glen Burnie Park Elementary School, county police said. Mary Martha Mathias told police she was cleaning tables in the school cafeteria about 6:45 p.m. She later found that a window in the lobby door and kitchen had been broken, as had the rear window of her car.

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