City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

April 08, 2008

Clack spends his first day as city fire chief

The man chosen to be the city's next fire chief started work in an interim capacity yesterday.

In a brief telephone interview, acting Fire Chief James S. Clack said he spent most of his first day in meetings with city officials and fire commanders. In coming weeks, he plans to have dinner with the rank and file at fire stations.

Clack's first directive was to modify the uniforms worn by all officers at the battalion chief level and above. Those officers will begin wearing white shirts rather than the current blue. He expects to make more substantive changes in coming months but declined to elaborate.

Clack's nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.

Annie Linskey

Harford County

: Bel Air

Arson ruled in fire at vacant house

A two-alarm fire early Sunday at a vacant house in Bel Air was arson, the state fire marshal's office said yesterday.

The fire at a single-family house in the 1500 block of Fountain Green Road was reported by a passer-by at 3:47 a.m. Sunday, the fire marshal's office said. Damage was estimated at $250,000.

Joseph G. Zurolo Jr., a deputy state fire marshal, said new appliances were stolen from the house about 10 days ago. He said he didn't know whether the theft and the fire were connected.

Zurolo said the house had been renovated to be rented to a family in the next two weeks.

Ellie Baublitz

Anne Arundel

: Glen Burnie

Missing man's body is found in creek

The body of a Glen Burnie man who had been missing since late February was found Saturday morning in a creek not far from his home, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Joseph John Akczinski Jr., 58, of the 800 block of Nabbs Creek Road was found in Nabbs Creek about 120 yards from shore, police said.

Akczinski was last seen Feb. 27 and was reported missing March 15. There were no signs of trauma. The state medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore County

: Rosedale

Smoking caused fatal house fire

A rowhouse fire that claimed the life of a Rosedale man Saturday morning was caused by careless smoking, Baltimore County fire officials said yesterday.

Police identified the dead man as George Knill, 57. Firefighters found his body in the living room of his rowhouse in the 1200 block of Neighbors Ave. There was heavy smoke and fire on the first floor when firefighters arrived.

Fire officials said Knill's wife escaped the blaze and tried unsuccessfully to help her husband.

Baltimore

: Barclay

Body discovered after house fire

City firefighters discovered a body in a vacant house moments after they extinguished a single-alarm fire in the dwelling yesterday evening, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman, said the body was severely burned and that it was not immediately known whether the victim was male or female. Reported at 6:55 p.m., the fire in the 2000 block of Guilford Ave. in the Barclay community extensively damaged the second and third floors of the dwelling and extended into the roof of an occupied apartment of an adjacent house, he said.

A female occupant of the apartment escaped without injury, Cartwright said.

He said the body was found in a third-floor room. An autopsy is planned.

Richard Irwin

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