City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 22, 2006

Overheated wiring blamed in Dec. 12 Carroll fire

Maryland state deputy fire marshals have determined that overheated wiring caused a fire that destroyed one townhouse and heavily damaged two others in Carroll County on Dec. 12, authorities said.

The blaze on Tender Court in Mount Airy caused an estimated $500,000 in damage to the five attached houses.

No injuries resulted from the fire.

Investigators determined that electrical wiring at 1807 Tender Court in the basement ceiling joist system overheated, causing the wood framing to smolder.

The fire spread to an exterior wall and broke through a basement window.

Outside the house, the fire spread to adjoining units.

A portable propane cylinder for a barbecue on the wooden deck of the adjacent house helped spread the fire.

Investigators said residents reported an odor of electrical burning several days before the fire.

Harford County

: Joppatowne

Indecent exposure cases investigated

The Harford County Sheriff's Office sent deputies to Joppatowne yesterday to gather information about a string of indecent exposure crimes in the area, the agency said.

The latest incident occurred Dec. 3 when a man wearing a ski mask knocked on a back window at a Joppa home and exposed himself, said Lt. James Eyler, a spokesman for the agency.

Other residents have reported similar crimes over the past two years, he said.

Since taking office, Sheriff L. Jesse Bane has encouraged deputies to focus on recurring crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Harford County Crime Solvers at 888-540-TIPS.

Baltimore: Farmers' market

Mart's final day is Christmas Eve

The final day of the Baltimore Farmers' Market is set for Sunday. The market will be open from 8 a.m. until sellout, usually about noon. The Christmas Eve market will include a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, as well as breads and gifts. The market is at Holliday and Saratoga streets, under the Jones Falls Expressway. The market will return for its 2007 season on May 6. Information: 877-BALTIMORE or go to www.promotionandarts.com.

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