City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

May 26, 2008

Baltimore

Sinai Hospital

Woman, 40, delivers set of quadruplets

A Nigerian woman has given birth to an unusual set of quadruplets in Baltimore.

Officials at Sinai Hospital say Nelly Itula, 40, delivered the babies Friday. The quads include identical twin girls and fraternal twin boys.

The babies were delivered by Caesarean section. The girls weighed slightly more than 2 pounds, and the boys weighed slightly more than 3 pounds.

Hospital officials say Itula, a teacher, came to Owings Mills in December to visit her sister when she found out she was pregnant. She was advised to stay in the United States because of health concerns.

Her husband, Frederick Itula, arrived in Baltimore from Nigeria late Saturday. The couple has no other children, and Nelly Itula had been taking fertility drugs.

The babies are being treated at the neonatal intensive care unit at Sinai and are doing fine. The family is expected to return to Nigeria when doctors say it's safe for them to travel.

Associated Press

Cecil County

Earleville

Woman hurt in fire ignited by cigarette

Deputy state fire marshals say a Cecil County woman was critically injured in a fire yesterday that started when she tried to smoke a cigarette while on home oxygen.

Carey DeWitt, 65, suffered second-degree burns to her upper body and face and was taken to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was in critical condition yesterday.

The fire broke out shortly after 2:15 a.m. at DeWitt's Earleville home. Investigators say DeWitt lit a cigarette while on oxygen, causing her clothing and bedding to ignite. She escaped the blaze and called 911. Damage to the two-story home is estimated at $300,000.

About 50 firefighters responded to the blaze, and it took them an hour to bring the flames under control.

Associated Press

Baltimore

Voluntarism

Animal shelter seeks helpers

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter seeks volunteers to help with dogs and cats, to provide foster homes for animals too young for adoption, and to assist with adoptions, events and fundraising.

Volunteer orientation sessions will be held at 12:30 p.m. June 7 and 11:30 a.m. June 14, 21 and 28. All sessions will be at the shelter, 301 Stockholm St. Orientations can be scheduled on other days also.

The nonprofit group took over management of the city animal shelter in 2005.

To register for a session, call Frank Branchini, 410-396-4695, or send e-mail to frank.branchini@baltimorecity.gov.

Harford County

Fallston

Fire destroys state trooper's home

A Fallston home belonging to a state trooper was destroyed by fire early yesterday.

Deputy state fire marshals say no one was home when the two-story home went up in flames shortly after 4 a.m. The cause is under investigation.

The home is owned by George Jackson, a trooper assigned to the Bel Air barracks. Damage is estimated at $500,000 for the structure, plus another $150,000 for the contents.

Associated Press

Frederick County

Arson

Officials say fire intentionally set

The Maryland fire marshal's office says a fire that destroyed a Frederick County barn Saturday morning was intentionally set.

Several mailboxes and roadside signs were also burned in the area of the barn, and investigators believe they were set on fire before the barn.

The fire in the 40-foot-by-70-foot barn was reported about 4:30 a.m. and took 70 firefighters an hour to bring under control.

The fire marshal's office says the blaze caused an estimated $150,000 in damage.

The county sheriff's office is assisting in the investigation.

Associated Press

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