Woman charged with DWI strikes Laurel home, causes it to catch fire

No injuries were reported

February 05, 2011|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A woman charged with drunk driving crashed into her own home in Laurel early Saturday morning, Anne Arundel County officials said.

Firefighters were called in the 3300 block of Yellow Flower Road, near Whiskey Bottom Road, where an Infiniti SUV struck the end unit townhouse, said Division Chief Michael Cox, a fire spokesman.

The driver, Loyce Eva Atim, 34, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, Lt. James Fredericks, a police spokesman said. The address she gave police was the address of the home that caught fire, he said.

No one was inside the house at the time. Atim was not injured, Fredericks said.

Firefighters were called at 2:01 a.m. for reports of a dwelling fire. Cox said the SUV "sheered" the gas line, which caused the fire that burned the car and spread to the home. He said firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze on the inside of the house, but had to wait for BGE crews to shut off gas to the home.

The fire was under control at 4:37 a.m., Cox said. One firefighter was taken to Howard County General Hospital for medical issues.

Atim also faces negligent and reckless driving charges from Saturday's crash.


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