Fuel spill causes fire, damaging 2 homes in Riviera...

Arundel Digest

January 24, 2001

Fuel spill causes fire, damaging 2 homes in Riviera Beach

Gasoline spilled by a teen-ager working on a motorcycle caused a fire Monday evening that destroyed a garage and damaged two homes in Riviera Beach, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said yesterday.

The gasoline spilled on a flood light and ignited, and the fire quickly spread, officials said.

The blaze left the adjoining home in the 8400 block of Sexton Drive uninhabitable and caused lesser damage to the next-door home, about 20 feet away, said Division Chief John M. Scholz, a Fire Department spokesman.

About 40 firefighters were dispatched to the 6 p.m. blaze, Scholz said.

Fire officials have ruled the blaze accidental, he said.

Collision that injured 4 apparently officer's fault

An Anne Arundel County officer appeared to have been at fault in a two-car collision a Brooklyn Park intersection that left four people with minor injuries, the Police Department said yesterday.

Police said Northern District Officer Thomas Palmer was westbound on 14th Avenue in a patrol car Monday morning when he apparently failed to yield the right of way to a 1995 Ford Taurus heading north on Morgan Road.

Treated at Harbor Hospital were the driver of the Taurus, Mary Lee Montgomery, 71, and her passenger, Everett T. Webb, 42, both of Brooklyn; and Palmer and his passenger, Officer Christopher Ament, police said.

An investigation is continuing, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a department spokesman. When it is complete, a department accident review board will determine what action, if any, will be taken against the officer, Ravenell said.

Charitable plunge into bay set for Saturday

Blue and purple will be the colors of the day as the fifth annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge is held Saturday afternoon at Sandy Point State Park.

Blue will be the color of participants taking a very off-season dip in the Chesapeake Bay and raising money through pledges for Maryland Special Olympics.

Purple is the suggested color for swimming attire, towels and the clothing and gear of participants and their support crews in what the police agency is billing as the "coldest, wettest and zaniest Ravens pep rally."

A minimum of $50 in pledges is required to participate in the event. Registration will begin at noon, and the plunge will be at 2 p.m. The park is off U.S. 50, near the foot of the Bay Bridge.

There is no charge for spectators.

Registration information is available at Graul's Market in Annapolis and branches of 1st Mariner Bank, co-sponsors of the event; online at www.somd.org; or by calling 410-290-7611, Ext. 5.

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