Ellicott City/elkridge

February 05, 1993

Home aquarium ignites, quenches electrical fire

An electrical shortage in an aquarium ignited a small house fire yesterday that was extinguished when heat cracked the aquarium tank and water spilled onto the blaze.

The early-morning fire in Ellicott City caused $5,500 in damage, said a spokesman for the county's fire and rescue services. No one was injured.

The fire started at about 6:45 a.m. yesterday at a home in the 3200 block of Pine Bluffs Drive, said Battalion Chief Donald R. Howell.

When 24 firefighters from four stations arrived, they found a smoke detector sounding and the fire extinguished, he said.

A housesitter who was alerted by the smoke detector notified authorities.

POLICE LOG

* Ellicott City: 2500 block of Ashbrook Drive: A 1988 Ford Escort was spray-painted between 6 p.m. Jan. 27 and 1 p.m. Jan. 28.

block of Manahan Drive: Someone forced open a door between 6 p.m. Sunday and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and stole stereos, televisions and VCRs.

8600 block of Manahan Drive: The hood of a 1990 Honda Accord was scratched between 7:45 a.m. Jan. 28 and 8 a.m. Jan. 29.

* Elkridge: 7600 block of Route 1: An unlocked garage was entered between 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and 11 a.m. Monday, and tools were taken.

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