A Baltimore rowhouse fire that killed a mother and two...

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October 10, 1998|By From staff reports

A Baltimore rowhouse fire that killed a mother and two children early Tuesday was caused by unattended candles or a kerosene lamp, a Fire Department spokesman said yesterday.

The blaze at 315 N. Arlington Ave. brought the number of fire fatalities in the city this year to 29, compared with 24 in all of 1997, said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, the department spokesman.

The three people killed -- Rainey Jefferson, 35, Rannie Kellam, 15, and Brandon Jefferson, 11 -- had been without electricity since July 14, when their service was cut off for nonpayment.

Hopkins breaks ground for arts center today

The Johns Hopkins University will break ground for its 50,000-square-foot student arts center at 4: 30 p.m. today southeast of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus.

The $17 million student center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000, offering rehearsal, meeting, studio and gathering space for Homewood student groups, and performance space and a theater for events open to Hopkins students and the public.

The center will have three wings that will form an open triangle on the wooded knoll at the end of 33rd Street. Information: 410-512-7962.

The Baltimore County school system enrolled 780 students more for the 1998-1999 school year than it did last year, school officials announced yesterday.

This year's enrollment of 106,300 students was an increase of 0.7 percent over the 105,520 students in the district as of Sept. 30, 1997.

Enrollment in the county public schools has increased by more than 19,000 students since 1990 and is expected to continue increasing slightly until 2004.

Three women were killed yesterday afternoon when their car collided with a tractor-trailer near Centreville, state police said.

A Honda westbound on Route 302 was hit when it apparently pulled in front of a tractor-trailer at Routes 301 and 302 about 4: 30 p.m. police spokesman Pete Piringer said. The three women in the car died at the scene. They may have been members of the same family, he said. Two are believed to be from the Washington area and the third was from Baltimore, Piringer said.

No charges had been filed last night against the driver of the truck, who was not injured. Police declined to release the identities of the victims last night pending notification of relatives.

Pub Date: 10/10/98

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