Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

March 08, 2006

Four seniors taken to hospital after fire

Four people were taken to hospitals after a two-alarm fire in a senior housing apartment building in Edgemere, Baltimore County Fire Department officials said yesterday.

The fire began about 4:20 p.m. on the second floor of St. Luke's Place in the 2800 block of Lodge Farm Road, county fire officials said.

Three people were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and one person was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, said Fire Department spokesman, Lt. Patrick Taylor. Two people suffered burns on their hands but were not taken to hospitals, fire officials said.

Firefighters rescued one woman through a second-floor window, Taylor said. He said it is unclear how many people are displaced and what caused the fire.

About 15 of the 125 units in the building were deemed uninhabitable, Taylor said.

The building's sprinkler system helped contain the fire, Taylor said.

Officials from the Red Cross were helping displaced residents contact family members, Taylor said. Taylor said that Catholic Charities would assist displaced residents who were unable to contact family members find temporary housing.

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues, Taylor said.

Nick Shields

Jacksonville

Gas-leak meeting moved to new site

A community meeting tomorrow night about the gasoline leak in the Jacksonville area has been moved to accommodate a larger crowd.

The meeting, which is to begin at 7 p.m., has been relocated to Cockeysville Middle School at 10401 Greenside Drive in Cockeysville.

The session, at which residents can learn more about efforts to contain a 25,000-gallon gasoline leak at the Jacksonville Exxon service station, originally had been planned at Jacksonville Elementary School nearby.

The elementary school had been the site of a hastily called community meeting when news of the leak broke Feb. 21. But Glen A. Thomas, president of the Greater Jacksonville Association, said community leaders decided that venue would not be large enough now that word of the leak has spread.

"We had almost 300 at the first meeting, and there are people coming out of the woodwork for this," Thomas said. Since the first meeting, the county's health department has mailed letters about the leak to everyone living within a half-mile of the intersection, and there has been news coverage of the leak and cleanup efforts.

Timothy B. Wheeler

Towson

Debate set for congressional hopefuls

Democratic candidates running for the state's 3rd Congressional District will participate in a forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the University Union at Towson University.

The list of candidates includes Mishonda Baldwin, Andy Barth, Oz Bengur, Paula Hollinger, Kevin O'Keefe and John P. Sarbanes. The forum will give candidates an opportunity to state their qualifications, describe their vision for the district and ask for voter support. There will also be a question-and-answer period, as well as questions from the audience, according to Margie Brassil, president of the Central Baltimore County Democratic Club.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Central Baltimore County Democratic Club, Towson University College Democrats and Goucher College Democrats.

Events or news items for the Baltimore County Digest may be submitted to baltco.news@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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