Regional Digest

Regional Digest

January 04, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

7-year-old boy dies from injuries suffered in fire last week

The second brother injured in an East Baltimore rowhouse fire last week has died, a Johns Hopkins Children's Center spokeswoman said yesterday.

Fidel Russel, 7, had been treated for burns and smoke inhalation at the hospital since the fire Wednesday that killed his brother, Davon Dortch, 11.

Fire officials said the blaze was caused by a candle being used to light the house in the 400 block of N. Luzerne Ave. because electricity had been shut off.

In Baltimore County

Officials investigating 4-alarm warehouse fire

ARBUTUS -- A Caton Center Drive warehouse that housed a carpet company burned early yesterday, the Baltimore County Fire Department said.

About 2:15 a.m., the department started getting phone calls from Beltway motorists about a fire. When firefighters from the Violetville Volunteer Fire Department left their station, they saw the flames from 1520 Caton Center Drive.

Nobody was injured in the four-alarm fire, said acting Lt. Tim Robinson of the Baltimore County Fire Department. Fire officials declared the blaze under control at 5:43 a.m., he said. The cause of the fire was under investigation yesterday.

In Carroll County

Authorities looking for police impersonator

WESTMINSTER -- Maryland State Police were looking yesterday for a man they believe has stopped at least two motorists while pretending to be a police officer.

The impersonator has a red and blue emergency light mounted on his car, police said. They said he stopped one motorist on Route 91 near Route 30 on Dec. 21, and drove away after taking the driver's license.

On Friday, another motorist was stopped in Hampstead. This time, police said, the man sped away after ordering the driver out of his car. State police are asking anyone with information to call 410-386-3000.

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