In Baltimore City Five-alarm fire destroys 2 buildings...

City/County Digest

October 05, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Five-alarm fire destroys 2 buildings; no injuries reported

Two large, vacant corrugated metal buildings were destroyed early today in a five-alarm fire in the city's southeastern corner.

The blaze, near the 6500 block of Detroit Ave., was reported about 11:15 p.m., and by 12:45 a.m. both buildings had collapsed. A neighbor said the land was formerly part of Fort Holabird, and that one of the buildings had been used for storage by the federal government

Heat caused nearby transformers to explode, cutting electricity to homes bordering the fire scene for about an hour. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the blaze was under investigation, said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, Fire Department spokesman.

O'Malley to testify on terrorism defense

Mayor Martin O'Malley, who has quickly become something of a national spokesman for defending cities from terrorism, is scheduled to testify this morning before a congressional subcommittee on the topic.

The House Committee on Government Reform's Subcommittee on Government, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations is scheduled to hold a 10 a.m. hearing titled "A Silent War: Are Federal, State and Local Governments Prepared for Biological and Chemical Attacks?"

O'Malley is expected to speak about how the federal government can help cities - and vice versa - in defending against terrorism.

O'Malley was in Washington on Tuesday to moderate a U.S. Conference of Mayors Internet telecast for mayors across the nation on the subject of bioterrorism. He is expected to hold another telecast next week on chemical weapons.

Chlorinated water spill causes fish kill in stream

An accidental spill of chlorinated drinking water from a city pumping station was the cause of a fish kill yesterday in the Herring Run stream near the Harford Road pedestrian crossing in Northeast Baltimore, the Maryland Department of the Environment said.

City public works spokesman Kurt Kocher said millions of gallons of chlorinated water from the Cromwell pumping station and Montebello water filtration facility spilled into the stream in the early morning because a sensor was shut off.

About 500 fish of several species died, but there was no threat to human health, officials said.

Police seek suspect in fatal shooting of man

Police said they knew of no suspect or motive yesterday in the fatal shooting of a man whose body was found Wednesday night lying outside a dwelling in a public housing complex several blocks from his Brooklyn home.

Police spokesman Kevin Enright said Southern District police, responding to a 911 report of a shooting at Brooklyn Homes in the 4100 block of Mariban Court about 11 p.m., found Deangelo Cooper, 19, of the 4100 block of Townsend Ave. lying on the ground and bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds.

Enright said Cooper, whose mother arrived at the scene moments later, was pronounced dead by a medic crew. Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Lynette Nevins at 410-396- 2100.

HUD releases $110 million for Md. housing projects

More than $110 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was released yesterday for housing and community projects in Maryland, with nearly half of the money going to Baltimore, officials said.

U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, said the $110.3 million released yesterday is 4 percent more than last year's funding. The largest portion is $66 million for Community Development Block Grants.

Baltimore received $54.6 million; Baltimore County, $7.5 million; Anne Arundel County, $3.5 million; Howard County, $1.2 million; and Harford County, $1.9 million.

Building's opening called `celebration of progress'

Political and business leaders gathered yesterday to mark the formal opening of a 173-unit apartment building in the former Hecht Co. department store at Howard and Lexington streets.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Mayor Martin O'Malley and Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos called the Atrium apartments - developed by David H. Hillman - an important step in reviving downtown's west side.

"This is a celebration of progress in this city," O'Malley told the dozens of invited guests in the building's open-air courtyard.

In Baltimore County

Ravens training center has easy rezoning hearing

TOWSON - A plan to rezone 160 acres of Baltimore County parkland in Owings Mills for a new Baltimore Ravens training center met little opposition yesterday in a public hearing on the matter.

Only one couple signed up to speak about the 30-acre training site at Deer Park and Lyons Mill roads. Jesse Turner and his fiancee, Lynell Tobler, recently bought a home that they thought sat across from the proposed site. Their concerns were eased when county officials showed them that the Ravens site will be on the other side of the park.

The Planning Board will meet next month to make a final recommendation for the property.

Interfaith assembly today at Ruxton Country School

OWINGS MILLS - An interfaith "assembly of understanding" will be held at 9 a.m. today at Ruxton Country School, 11202 Garrison Forest Road.

Muslim cleric Osama Said, Rabbi Michael Reches of Beth Tfiloh and the Rev. Kenneth Robinson will discuss religious faiths and answer questions in an assembly with pupils and their parents.

Fire Museum to present Family Safety Day

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, will observe Family Safety Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

The event will feature presentations about child safety seats, bicycle safety, and water and boat safety; poison control information; and an exhibit about houses and fire safety.

Information: 410-321-7500.

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