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July 03, 2005|By Tyrone Richardson

BALTIMORE

Commercial vehicles banned tomorrow in parts of city

Most commercial vehicles will be prohibited from downtown Baltimore, the Inner Harbor and parts of Federal Hill from noon to midnight tomorrow for the Fourth of July holiday, according to city transportation officials.

Exceptions will be made for local deliveries, but tanker trucks will be forbidden altogether.

Streets under the ban are Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Interstate 395 to Fayette Street; Fayette Street from Martin Luther King to President Street; President Street from Aliceanna Street to Fayette Street; Pratt and Lombard streets from Martin Luther King to President Street; Light Street from Pratt Street to Key Highway; Key Highway from Light Street to McComas Street; and Hanover Street from McComas to Montgomery streets.

More information on the holiday closures can be found at www.baltimorecity.gov or by calling the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2371.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Fire officials investigate two-alarm apartment fire

Baltimore County fire officials are investigating a two-alarm fire that forced the evacuation of a high-rise apartment building in Woodlawn on Friday evening.

A resident living on the sixth floor of the nine-story Balmoral Towers in the 6800 block of Liberty Road called 911 after seeing smoke coming from another resident's apartment, said Elise Armacost, a Fire Department spokeswoman.

The fire lasted about 15 minutes and about 100 residents were evacuated, she said. A seventh-floor resident was taken to a nearby hospital as a "precautionary measure," Armacost said.

She said damage was restricted to the apartment where the fire started. The resident of the unit was not home at the time of the fire. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

- Tyrone Richardson

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