Apartment fire called arson

May 17, 2006|By MELISSA HARRIS | MELISSA HARRIS,SUN REPORTER

Howard County investigators have ruled that arson caused a one-unit fire at the Dorsey's Forge Apartments in Columbia on Friday afternoon.

Firefighters rescued 52-year-old Nancy Culpepper from the fire in her fourth-floor apartment in the 9600 block of Whiteacre Road and took her to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of smoke inhalation.

A spokeswoman for the Baltimore hospital said federal law prohibited her from releasing information about Culpepper's condition.

Firefighters said another woman was treated at the scene for an asthma attack.

Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said damage is estimated at $10,000.

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