Carroll Digest


March 17, 2004

Two-alarm fire at Eldersburg home appears accidental

A two-alarm fire that heavily damaged a home in the Stone Manor development in Eldersburg on Monday night appears to have been accidental, although the investigation is continuing, the state fire marshal's office said.

The homeowners, Bill and Sharon Theologus, and their son, Alexander, 4, escaped the 7 p.m. blaze unharmed after smoke started billowing from the garage, said Bill Rehkopf, a spokesman for the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department. The fire quickly spread to the master bedroom above the garage then across the attic.

A next-door neighbor in the 1200 block of E. Sandcroft Court, whose home sustained $15,000 in vinyl-siding damage, reported the fire, Rehkopf said. Five companies from Carroll, Baltimore and Howard counties assisted Sykesville firefighters in bringing the fire under control within 30 minutes. There were no injuries, fire authorities said.

"In another two or three minutes, I think it would have been a different result," Rehkopf said.

The master bedroom, attic and garage were destroyed, according to the fire marshal. Fire, smoke and water damage was estimated at $150,000, plus $50,000 for the contents.

Six county agencies get food, shelter grants

Six Carroll County agencies received grants totaling $23,123 to provide local emergency food and shelter services.

Carroll's emergency management board received proposals that were $16,000 more than what was available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Recipients include: Human Services Programs of Carroll County, $15,623; Westminster Rescue Mission, $1,000; Carroll County Food Sunday, $2,000; Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, $1,500; Meals on Wheels, $2,000; On Our Own of Carroll County, $1,000.

Ag Week celebration runs through Saturday

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency is celebrating Ag Week through Saturday, which is National Agriculture Day.

Besides providing food, agriculture encompasses other industries as well, ranging from eating utensils to the transporting and packaging of food items.

Industrial uses for agricultural products include wheat straw used in building materials and corn and soybeans used as fuels and in goods that traditionally require petroleum products.

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