January 28, 1993

Explosion victim identified from dental records

Dental records researched by the state medical examiner's office have led to the positive identification of the victim of a Mount Airy-area apartment building explosion and fire on Jan. 18.

Investigators from the state fire marshal's office and Frederick County Sheriff's Department said that the body, burned beyond recognition, was identified as that of William Lesser Jr., 58, formerly of Arlington, Va.

Mr. Lesser died as a result of the explosion in the converted barn-apartment.

Three other men who occupied the other apartments received minor injuries.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, Deputy Fire Marshal Ted Meminger said.

Before the explosion, tires on several cars parked nearby were punctured, and telephone wires were cut, investigators said.

Mr. Lesser's car, usually parked near the barn, was more than 500 yards away on Westwind Drive.

Mr. Lesser was a retired federal employee.


* Mount Airy: A house fire on West Mid-County Drive in Frederick County required the assistance of units from Mount Airy at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Mount Airy assisted Howard County on a chimney fire on Long Corner Road at 11:07 a.m. yesterday. Units were out for 47 minutes.

* Bushey Heights: Firefighters from Winfield, Gamber and Sykesville were dispatched to a chimney fire on Bushey Road at 7:29 p.m. Tuesday.

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