Nine Westinghouse Electric Corp. employees were injured yesterday morning after a fire broke out in a materials processing room of the oceanic division near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, authorities said.
All the men were members of a volunteer fire brigade for the company, said Dan Miller, the manager of human resources.
None of the men appeared to be seriously injured and went to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Mr. Miller said.
Six went to Anne Arundel Medical Center, two went to North Arundel Hospital and one went to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Chief Gary Sheckells of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
The fire started around 8:30 a.m. when a spark ignited some resins in a dust collector, according to Chief Sheckells.
Firefighters were dispatched at 8:40 a.m. and had the fire under control around 9:15, with the assistance of members of Westinghouse's volunteer fire brigade, Chief Sheckells said.
Thirty-two firefighters, six medical units and a hazardous materials team had to be called to the site, Chief Sheckells said.
Motorist attacked by hitchhiker
A motorist was attacked by a knife-wielding hitchhiker he picked up in Annapolis Tuesday morning, county police said.
Andrew Elliott Wells, 36, of Severna Park was cut on two fingers of his right hand. He did not require hospitalization, police said.
Mr. Wells was driving with his girlfriend on Main Street around 2:30 a.m. when a man flagged them down. The man got in the seat behind the passenger and told Mr. Wells he wanted to be dropped off near Bestgate Road, police said.
When the victim turned from West Street onto Admiral Drive, the man shouted "Stop, you've gone too far" and grabbed the woman by the shoulders. Mr. Wells grabbed the man, but the man pulled out a knife and cut him. He jumped from the car and ran, police said.