8 families displaced by fire in Millersville apartment...

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February 06, 2002

8 families displaced by fire in Millersville apartment building

Eight Millersville families were displaced by a two-alarm fire in their apartment building yesterday, county fire officials said.

The fire at Old Mill Apartments in the 600 block of Water- wheel Lane, started about 3 p.m., apparently on the top floor of the four-story building, said county Fire Department spokesman Lt. Michael Cox.

It took 52 county firefighters about 40 minutes to bring the fire under control. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire was under investigation last night. Cox did not give an estimate on the amount of damage.

Prison lockdown imposed for contraband search

The Maryland House of Correction Annex began a six-day lockdown yesterday to search for homemade weapons, drugs and other contraband at the Jessup facility, corrections officials said.

Except for medical appointments, court appearances and other necessary trips outside the prison, all inmate activities will be suspended during the lockdown period. Officers and police dogs will search each wing of the maximum-security facility, which houses 1,201 inmates.

Corrections officials said that routine prison searches are conducted to ensure the safety of staff and inmates.

MPT to shut down signal for work on new tower

Maryland Public Television will shut down its broadcast signal during the day today through Friday on WMPT-TV Channel 22 to allow construction work to proceed on the station's new tower in Crownsville, public television officials said. Viewers in Central Maryland, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore could be affected.

Cable subscribers should not be disrupted by the outage, but might notice differences in audio and video quality, MPT officials said. Some viewers might be able to receive signals from MPT's other stations, Channel 67 in Owings Mills, Channel 62 in Frederick and Channel 28 in Salisbury.

The new tower will hold the antennas for WMPT 22 and MPT's new digital signal, WMPT 42.

The signal outages will not affect prime-time programming, and service will be restored by Saturday. Other signal outages will be required throughout the year.

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