Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 30, 2003

2 chimney fires damage house, apartment building

Two fires in the county -- both caused by damaged chimneys -- displaced four families yesterday afternoon, county fire officials said.

A 1:30 p.m. fire at a 10-unit apartment building on Dewberry Circle in Pasadena began in the attic after heat and smoke seeped through a separated piece of the chimney. The blaze took 52 firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish, said Division Chief John M. Scholz.

Two apartments sustained significant water damage, and the apartment where the fire began had heavy fire damage to the roof and smoke damage, Scholz said. No one was injured. Damage is estimated at $75,000.

Firefighters were called to a single-family home on Harvey Avenue in Severn at 2:20 p.m. for a fire caused by a malfunctioning chimney, Scholz said.

That blaze took 28 firefighters about 45 minutes to bring it under control. A woman and her infant son who were home were not injured, and damage is estimated at $110,000, Scholz said.

Scholz advised that residents have their chimneys inspected at least once a year because cracks can easily develop in them, which can lead to fires such as the two yesterday.

Two men attack and rob woman, 18, near school

An 18-year-old woman reported being attacked and robbed late Tuesday night near the tennis courts at Northeast High School in Pasadena, county police said.

The teen-ager told police that two men in their late teens to early 20s threw her to the ground, stole money and a small folding knife from her back pocket and used the knife to cut open her shirt and pants.

After freeing herself, she ran to a nearby residence and called 911. She was taken to North Arundel Hospital, where she was treated for minor cuts to her face, stomach, arms and legs. Police do not believe that the victim knew her attackers, who are at large.

Two gunmen rob woman of $400 in her home

Two men forced their way into a woman's Birch Avenue home in Glen Burnie late Tuesday, county police said.

The woman told police that one of the men knocked on her door and asked, "Can we talk to you for a minute?" When the woman agreed, they pushed their way through the door and pulled a black semiautomatic handgun and a silver revolver.

Police said the men demanded her money, and after a brief argument, the woman gave them $400 from her pocket. The men fled to a gray hatchback, police said.

Convenience store robbed on Main St. in Annapolis

A convenience store in the 200 block of Main St. in Annapolis was held up Tuesday night, city police said.

The clerk at the Main Street Mini Mart told police that he opened a locked door to the store after a man outside refused to stop banging on it.

The man pushed his way inside and took an undetermined sum, the clerk said. The man was last seen on foot heading toward Church Circle, police said.

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