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May 12, 1995
FRIE Westminster: Westminster and Reese investigated an odor in the 800 block of Snowfall Way in Autumn Ridge at 4:50 a.m yesterday. Units were out 17 minutes.
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By Jackie Powder and Anne Haddad and Jackie Powder and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Amy L. Miller contributed to this article | January 21, 1996
A year after a Westminster neighborhood was rocked by a natural gas explosion that leveled one home and damaged 60 others, many residents still are coping with the blast's financial and emotional aftershocks.For families in the Autumn Ridge community whose homes were declared uninhabitable, the past year has been defined by hassles with insurance companies, months of temporary living arrangements and attempts to return to a normal life."Two days after the explosion, we were told [by a state insurance official]
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By Jackie Powder and Anne Haddad and Jackie Powder and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Amy L. Miller contributed to this article | January 21, 1996
A year after a Westminster neighborhood was rocked by a natural gas explosion that leveled one home and damaged 60 others, many residents still are coping with the blast's financial and emotional aftershocks.For families in the Autumn Ridge community whose homes were declared uninhabitable, the past year has been defined by hassles with insurance companies, months of temporary living arrangements and attempts to return to a normal life."Two days after the explosion, we were told [by a state insurance official]
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | June 13, 1995
Carroll County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown has asked county staff members to draft statewide legislation that would -- implement safeguards to prevent an explosion such as the one that blew up a Westminster house in January.Mr. Brown said that anyone digging trenches near utility lines should be state-licensed and that anyone working in a state or county right-of-way should be required to expose utility lines before drilling.The commissioner asked staff members to draft the safety legislation for introduction in the 1996 General Assembly.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1994
GRAND OPENINGAutumn Ridge1. RDK Builders is continuing its grand opening of the Chelsea IV model from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Autumn Ridge in Ellicott City, Howard County, where the company is offering four different homes on the five half-acre lots.The Chelsea IV is a two-story traditional with 1,900 square feet of finished living space and an open first floor. The model sells for $198,900.A covered porch leads to the two-story foyer, which is flanked by the laundry room and door to the two-car garage on the right and the 12-by-13-foot living room and 10-by-11-foot dining room on the left.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | January 29, 1995
One family whose home was damaged in the Jan. 19 gas explosion in Westminster has found temporary shelter in a county-owned house near Carroll County Regional Airport.The family has three children and was scheduled to move in yesterday, Department of Citizen Services Director Jolene Sullivan said.She would not release family members' names.The county has offered to rent five houses it owns in the 800 block of Littlestown Pike to people displaced by the explosion in the Autumn Ridge neighborhood.
NEWS
January 23, 1995
Residents of Westminster's Autumn Ridge neighborhood spent this weekend thanking divine providence or their lucky stars that Thursday's devasting natural gas explosion didn't kill or injure any one. They thanked the dozens of emergency response volunteers who quickly mobilized to efficiently deal with aftermath of this horrendous accident.An unfortunate collection of circumstances resulted in this disaster. Utility companies have well-publicized programs to prevent contractors from severing buried gas, electric and telephone lines.
NEWS
February 26, 1995
Explosion Brought Out the Best in NeighborsAs tragic as the recent explosion was in Autumn Ridge, it brought to center stage that Carroll County ethos we most treasure -- genuine, caring neighborliness. Responding immediately, the Westminster volunteer firefighters and medical response personnel were amazed at the destruction. Their training guided them in setting up a command post and proceeding quickly to begin operations. They were joined by other fire companies and tactical units from Carroll and beyond.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | June 13, 1995
Carroll County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown has asked county staff members to draft statewide legislation that would -- implement safeguards to prevent an explosion such as the one that blew up a Westminster house in January.Mr. Brown said that anyone digging trenches near utility lines should be state-licensed and that anyone working in a state or county right-of-way should be required to expose utility lines before drilling.The commissioner asked staff members to draft the safety legislation for introduction in the 1996 General Assembly.
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By Darren M. Allen and Anne Haddad and Darren M. Allen and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writers Sun staff writers Donna E. Boller and Bill Talbott contributed to this article | January 22, 1995
The blast that ripped apart a vacant Westminster house last week has brought an entire neighborhood together.After Thursday's natural gas explosion in the Autumn Ridge neighborhood in northern Westminster, residents began returning to their homes to pick up the pieces of their lives and begin again.Helping them was an army of volunteers from around the city, county and state. American Red Cross workers supplied food, blankets and even stuffed animals to children. Local restaurants donated pizzas, burgers and doughnuts, and crisis counselors from the state and county comforted those devastated by a midafternoon blast that leveled one house, severely damaged 20 others and touched at least 46 more.
NEWS
May 12, 1995
FRIE Westminster: Westminster and Reese investigated an odor in the 800 block of Snowfall Way in Autumn Ridge at 4:50 a.m yesterday. Units were out 17 minutes.
NEWS
February 26, 1995
Explosion Brought Out the Best in NeighborsAs tragic as the recent explosion was in Autumn Ridge, it brought to center stage that Carroll County ethos we most treasure -- genuine, caring neighborliness. Responding immediately, the Westminster volunteer firefighters and medical response personnel were amazed at the destruction. Their training guided them in setting up a command post and proceeding quickly to begin operations. They were joined by other fire companies and tactical units from Carroll and beyond.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | January 29, 1995
One family whose home was damaged in the Jan. 19 gas explosion in Westminster has found temporary shelter in a county-owned house near Carroll County Regional Airport.The family has three children and was scheduled to move in yesterday, Department of Citizen Services Director Jolene Sullivan said.She would not release family members' names.The county has offered to rent five houses it owns in the 800 block of Littlestown Pike to people displaced by the explosion in the Autumn Ridge neighborhood.
NEWS
January 23, 1995
Residents of Westminster's Autumn Ridge neighborhood spent this weekend thanking divine providence or their lucky stars that Thursday's devasting natural gas explosion didn't kill or injure any one. They thanked the dozens of emergency response volunteers who quickly mobilized to efficiently deal with aftermath of this horrendous accident.An unfortunate collection of circumstances resulted in this disaster. Utility companies have well-publicized programs to prevent contractors from severing buried gas, electric and telephone lines.
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By Darren M. Allen and Anne Haddad and Darren M. Allen and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writers Sun staff writers Donna E. Boller and Bill Talbott contributed to this article | January 22, 1995
The blast that ripped apart a vacant Westminster house last week has brought an entire neighborhood together.After Thursday's natural gas explosion in the Autumn Ridge neighborhood in northern Westminster, residents began returning to their homes to pick up the pieces of their lives and begin again.Helping them was an army of volunteers from around the city, county and state. American Red Cross workers supplied food, blankets and even stuffed animals to children. Local restaurants donated pizzas, burgers and doughnuts, and crisis counselors from the state and county comforted those devastated by a midafternoon blast that leveled one house, severely damaged 20 others and touched at least 46 more.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1994
GRAND OPENINGAutumn Ridge1. RDK Builders is continuing its grand opening of the Chelsea IV model from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Autumn Ridge in Ellicott City, Howard County, where the company is offering four different homes on the five half-acre lots.The Chelsea IV is a two-story traditional with 1,900 square feet of finished living space and an open first floor. The model sells for $198,900.A covered porch leads to the two-story foyer, which is flanked by the laundry room and door to the two-car garage on the right and the 12-by-13-foot living room and 10-by-11-foot dining room on the left.
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By This article was written and reported by Sun staff writer Darren M. Allen. Staff writers Donna E. Boller, Anne Haddad, Kerry O'Rourke, Bill Talbott and contributing writer Ellie Baublitz assisted | January 20, 1995
A natural gas explosion ripped apart a vacant Westminster house yesterday afternoon, severely damaging dozens of neighboring homes and spreading debris more than a mile away.No one was injured, officials said.Nearly 100 families were evacuated after the 1:18 p.m. blast, and at least 50 homes were damaged -- 20 of them seriously enough to be declared uninhabitable by county housing inspectors.Residents were not allowed to return to their homes last night.The Autumn Ridge neighborhood was strewn with garage doors, shattered windows, ripped insulation and aluminum siding, while all that was left of the house at 90 Sunshine Way was a smoldering pile of wood, brick and aluminum.
NEWS
April 14, 1997
Westminster crews to flush fire hydrants through WednesdayThe Westminster Department of Public Works' Utility Maintenance Department will flush fire hydrants from 8 p.m. to midnight today through Wednesday.Affected will be Pennsylvania, Ward, Hersh, Kemper, Milton, Sullivan and Schoolhouse avenues; West Main, Monroe, Carroll, John and Union streets; Westminster and Carroll Plaza shopping centers; and Autumn Ridge.Flushing will cause discoloration of water, and residents are advised to refrain from doing laundry the next day.Residents should open faucets first thing in the morning until a clear flow is received.
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