Children are evacuated from smoke-filled school

May 18, 1994

About 75 children were evacuated from the St. Augustine School in Elkridge yesterday morning when a trash fire triggered an alarm and sent smoke through the building, Howard County fire and rescue officials said. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters from Howard and Baltimore counties responding to the one-alarm fire at 8:52 a.m. saw heavy black smoke coming from the building in the 5900 block of Old Washington Road.

Inside, they found a fire inside a trash can in the boys' bathroom, said Sgt. Bob Wiseman of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

The fire was contained in the restroom, but smoke caused an estimated $5,100 in damage.

All of the schoolchildren were sent home for the day, Sergeant Wiseman said.

The state fire marshal was investigating the cause of the fire yesterday.

School officials refused comment on the incident. The school, which holds kindergarten through eighth grade classes, is next to a church on the same property.

POLICE LOG

* Ellicott City: 3300 block of N. Ridge Road: Cash was taken from suites in an office building between Friday and Monday.

3500 block of Court House Drive: A blue 1992 Plymouth Sundance rental car stolen early Monday was recovered in Baltimore County later the same day, police said.

3200 block of Bethany Lane: A would-be thief tried to steal a 1986 Isuzu truck between Saturday and Monday, police said.

3100 block of W. Springs Drive: A black 1988 Ford Mustang with Maryland tags AZA 184 was stolen early Sunday. Residents in the housing complex reportedly saw the car being driven off, police said.

* Elkridge: 7000 block of Old Waterloo Road: Property was stolen from nine storage bins between Friday and Saturday. Police said someone entered Public Storage and cut locks off the bins.

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