CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

January 20, 1993

Smoke backup forces Ames to evacuate

A backup of exhaust smoke from a rooftop heating unit prompted the Ames discount store at 140 Village shopping center in Westminster to evacuate customers for about three hours yesterday, said manager Steve Paul.

The smoke, which billowed into the store's retail area, started around 11:45 a.m. yesterday, Mr. Paul said. Although there was no fire, he said he took the precaution of asking customers to leave while staff looked into the heater malfunction.

"We thought it was safer to evacuate the store," Mr. Paul said.

He said 10 to 15 customers were in the store at the time.

Mr. Paul said he did not have to call the Emergency Operations Center for help from firefighters or police.

Indian chief featured as guest speaker

The Rev. Ray "Black Buffalo" Wilson, a chief of the Cowlitz tribe and his wife, Priscilla, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster, as the featured guests of the New Life Foursquare Gospel Church.

Black Buffalo Trails, of which Mr. Wilson is a director, is a ministry that helps North American Indians. Each year, BBT distributes more than 100,000 pounds of food, 30,000 pounds of clothing, hundred of blankets and over 70,000 recordings of Bible stories in various Indian dialects.

Mr. Wilson also appears on the children's show "Pow Wow" Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. on Channel 55.

:. Information: Pastor Bill Thomas, 521-2517.

FIRE

* Union Mills: Fire units from Pleasant Valley and Westminster stations were dispatched to a house on Saw Mill Road for a chimney fire at 5:36 p.m. Monday.

* Westminster: Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Reese and Manchester fire units were sent to investigate a report of a fire in an apartment on Sullivan Avenue. All units returned to service in 15 minutes after the 6:14 p.m. Monday alarm.

Westminster and Reese units responded to an alarm sounding in a building on Baltimore Boulevard at 8:01 p.m. Monday.

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