Regional Digest

Regional Digest

January 04, 2004|By From staff reports

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.

In Harford County

Fire marshal seeks tips in recent arsons

WHITE HALL - The state's fire marshal is asking for the public's help in finding the person or people responsible for a string of arsons in northern Harford County.

The most recent fire was set about 4 a.m. yesterday, burning a vacant two-story wood house in the 2700 block of E. Church Lane in White Hall. Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo said the blaze was at least the fourth arson in the White Hall area in recent months.

It took 30 firefighters an hour to control yesterday's fire, the state fire marshal's office said. Nobody was injured. Fire officials are asking anyone with information to call 410-836-4844 or 1-800-492-7529.

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