Dog alerts occupants to house fire

March 02, 1995

Two people and a pet dog escaped their two-story Taneytown townhouse in the first block of Fairview Ave. when fire was discovered in the basement of the building early yesterday morning.

Fire officials said the blaze, declared to be arson, originated in the basement. Juanita Reed, 45, told investigators she woke William Speilman, 61, the only other occupant, after hearing the dog barking. Both escaped without injuries.

Mr. Speilman discovered smoke pouring from the basement in an area of a picnic table where papers were stacked. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

Forty firefighters from Taneytown, Union Bridge, Harney and Littlestown of Adams County, Pa., were dispatched to the fire and quickly brought the blaze under control, investigators said.

The blaze was discovered at 3:20 a.m. and firefighters were out for one hour and 16 minutes.

Officials said there was no forcible break-in to the basement where the fire started and the investigation is continuing.


* New Windsor: Officials of the New Windsor Service Center in the 500 block of Main St. reported to state police someone opened the safe at the International Gift Shop and stole $573 between 5:30 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the safe was not forced open and apparently someone used the combination to get into it.

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