North Laurel/savage

December 07, 1992

Weekend fire destroys Jessup 'home'

A makeshift home for two homeless men in Jessup, complete with a tub and a stove, was destroyed during a fire early Friday morning, a fire and rescue services spokesman said.

At about 4:30 a.m. Friday, someone reported a brush fire in a wooded area near Dorsey Run Road, said Battalion Chief Donald R. Howell, the county's fire and rescue services spokesman.

But when firefighters got there, they learned the fire was actually on Rappahannock Avenue, 300 feet down a hill in the woods across from the Patuxent Institution, he said.

The unidentified men and their dog weren't injured during the fire, Chief Howell said.

Investigators suspect a kerosene heater may have ignited the fire, Chief Howell said.

Because the structure was destroyed before firefighters arrived, they couldn't determine what the shelter was made of, he said. When firefighters arrived, they just wet down the debris.

One man told authorities they had lived there for about six years, Chief Howell said.

Although there was no running water, the men had a tub, he said. They also had a stove, an exercise bike and a railing down a path.

It appeared "they tried to do the best they could," Chief Howelsaid. "The possessions they did have are now ashes."

POLICE LOG

* North Laurel: 9200 block of Brandy Lane: The passenger window to a 1992 Ford Mustang was shattered Nov. 26. The vandal opened the glove box and the arm rest compartment. Nothing was taken.

10700 block of Scaggsville Road: A rear tag was stolen from a vehicle between Monday and Tuesday.

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