Morning fire destroys house's garage

January 31, 1995

An electrical fire at an Ellicott City home destroyed a garage early yesterday, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the 3 a.m. blaze.

The four residents of the house heard "cracking and popping noises" in the garage before smoke spread into the home, said Sgt. Bob Wiseman, a fire spokesman.

Fire personnel were able to stop the fire from spreading to the two-story home in the 4600 block of Round Hill Road, but the fire destroyed the garage and a car inside, Sergeant Wiseman said.

The fire caused an estimated $60,000 in damage.

Robbery of gas station similar to other holdups

Two masked and armed men who robbed an Ellicott City gas station Friday may be the pair blamed for nine similar robberies in the area since December, Howard County police said.

According to police, two men wearing dark ski masks entered the Mobil station in the 4700 block of Dorsey Hall Drive at 8 p.m. Friday.

One of the men waved a handgun at a cashier and demanded money from the register. The cashier turned over cash, and the two men fled, police said.

Police said their robbery technique matched a spree of holdups of gas stations, fast-food restaurants and motels since December.

Anyone with information should call Howard County police at 313-2220 and Metro Crime Stoppers hot line at 276-8888 to qualify for a reward of up to $2,000.

POLICE LOG

* Ellicott City: 4500 block of Bonnie Branch Road: A green 1994 Plymouth Caravan with Maryland tags 613603M was stolen Saturday, police said.

* Elkridge: 6900 block of O Conner Drive: Police found a 1993 Ford Mustang reported stolen in Anne Arundel County last week stripped of parts and wrecked in a wooded area Friday, police said.

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