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July 16, 2008

Construction worker dies in fall on job

For the second time in three weeks, a construction worker has died in an industrial accident in Harford County, authorities said yesterday.

A man fell about 40 feet from a roof to the concrete floor yesterday at a warehouse under construction in Perryman, authorities said.

Police and emergency workers responded to the 2:40 p.m. accident at the building site at 511 Chelsea Road, an area where there are several large warehouses. The worker, who was wearing safety gear, was moving sheet metal on the roof when he fell. He died at the scene, police said.

Police are withholding the identity of the victim, who lived out of the state, until his family is notified.

On June 24, Emilio Ernesto Herrera, 42, of Silver Spring was pronounced dead at a Belcamp warehouse after falling about 18 feet from scaffolding at an appliance storage facility. Emergency personnel who had been at the scene said that Herrera, who was working for Carroll Masonry Inc. of Glyndon, was not wearing fall protection or a helmet.

The investigation regarding Herrera has been turned over to the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health program, which investigates workplace deaths.

Mary Gail Hare

Baltimore

East side

Dunbar High School classroom burns

Baltimore fire officials are investigating a blaze that occurred early yesterday, burning a first-floor classroom at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in East Baltimore, according to a Fire Department spokesman.

The fire was reported shortly after midnight and put out by 12:30 a.m., said the spokesman, Chief Kevin Cartwright. He said arson investigators were called to the scene, but no cause has been determined.

Cartwright said firefighters arrived at the school in the 1400 block of Orleans St. to find heavy smoke coming from classroom windows. He said the fire and damage was confined to one room. "It was a really big classroom," he said.

No injuries were reported.

Maryland

Elections

Harris raising more in 1st District

Congressional candidate Andy Harris continued to outpace his opponent Frank Kratovil in fundraising in the second quarter, but the gap between the two narrowed, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Harris, a Republican state senator and anesthesiologist, raised about $432,000 from April through June and personally lent his campaign $100,000. He had about $609,000 in cash on hand at the end of the reporting period.

Kratovil, the Democratic state's attorney in Queen Anne's County, raised $376,000 during the quarter and was left with $454,000 in cash on hand.

Harris beat nine-term incumbent Republican Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest in the February primary, and the race has caught the attention of national political groups. While Maryland's Eastern Shore-centered 1st District has long been held by the GOP, Democrats say they believe they can win in the November general election.

Laura Smitherman

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