Carroll Digest


August 31, 2004

Grease fire in silo at Lehigh Cement burns itself out

A grease fire yesterday in a silo at the Lehigh Cement Co. in Union Bridge sent firefighters up 200 feet of stairs to find that the blaze had extinguished itself, fire officials said.

When firefighters arrived about 3:30 p.m., they only smoke from grease that had overheated on a metal drag at the bottom of the clinker silo and sent fire upward, said Chad Green, chief of the Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company. Companies responded from New Midway in Frederick County, and from New Windsor, Westminster and Taneytown, including tower trucks.

"Luckily, it burned itself out," Green said. The firefighters cleared the scene shortly after 4 p.m.

Lehigh had a similar fire about a year ago, Green said.

High's mistakenly sells regular gas as diesel fuel

Patrons who stopped for diesel fuel at the High's store at Liberty and Klees Mill roads near Eldersburg on Sunday are urged not to drive their vehicles and to call the store because the wrong fuel was put in the station's tank.

The diesel fuel tank was accidentally filled with regular gasoline Sunday morning. Engines that require diesel fuel can be damaged if they burn regular gasoline.

Maryland Department of Environment workers were at the store Sunday, seeking to help correct the problem.

Anyone who bought diesel fuel Sunday should call the store at 410-549-1014, or the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department at 410-795-1333.

Family Center plans picnic, trip, barnyard fun

The Carroll County Family Center will offer activities for member families throughout next month:

A picnic will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Westminster City Park. Registration is required.

A trip to Dutch Wonderland theme park in Lancaster, Pa., is planned from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12. The cost is $5 for age 4 and older.

Barnyard Day will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, featuring games and a "down on the farm" lunch.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. It will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876-7805.

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