Faulty heater blamed in house fire

March 12, 1996

State fire marshals blame Friday's two-alarm house fire in Marriottsville on a faulty heater in a second-floor bedroom.

The homeowner, Gilbert A. Bliss, 48, of the 6700 block of Ridge Road, suffered second-degree burns to his hands while trying to bTC

put out the blaze, fire marshals said.

Mr. Bliss, his wife Beverly, and 8-year-old son Cole were asleep when the fire broke out, fire officials said.

About 50 firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield, Liberty Road, Reisterstown, West Friendship and Bethany brought the 6 a.m. blaze under control in 25 minutes, confining it to the bedroom. The remainder of the second floor sustained smoke damage, fire officials said.

The home did not have a working smoke detector. Damage was estimated at $10,000, fire officials said.

Man charged with burglary at Carrolltowne School

A 29-year-old Finksburg man was arrested by state police Friday on charges of burglary and breaking a window at Carrolltowne Elementary School in the 6500 block of Ridge Road in Eldersburg about 2: 30 a.m. that day. Damage was estimated at $350.

Gary Thomas Heartley of the 1800 block of Old Westminster Pike was released Friday on his own recognizance.

Fire

Eldersburg: Sykesville, Gamber and Winfield responded at 7: 01 p.m. Saturday to a house fire in the 5300 block of Hodges Road. Units were out 30 minutes.

Eldersburg: Sykesville and Gamber responded at 2: 13 a.m. Saturday to a fire alarm on Ridge Road. Units were out 30 minutes.

Gamber: Gamber, Reese and Sykesville responded at 2: 32 p.m. Saturday to a chimney fire in the 3700 block of London Bridge Road. Units were out one hour.

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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