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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
A transformer explosion resulted in a single-alarm fire early Tuesday morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital campus. The fire, which was reported at 8:05 a.m., was quickly contained and did not spread to the main hospital, said Ian Brennan, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department. No injuries were reported. Baltimore Gas & Electric Company crews are on scene working to repair the transformer, Brennan said. The hospital, located in the 5600 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, is using a back-up power generator in the meantime.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
The spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department said Friday he is leaving city government to move to D.C. because his wife has accepted a new job.  "It is a bittersweet moment for us," said Ian Brennan, who was previously a press secretary for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "I am proud of my wife for taking this step forward in her career, but it is sad to leave the city we love -- the city where our children were born. " In addition to working for Rawlings-Blake, Brennan also served as a spokesman for Mayor Sheila Dixon.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
Firefighters were battling a two-alarm blaze that broke out Friday night in a Highlandtown residence. By the time that the Baltimore City Fire Department was notified at about 9:25 p.m., flames had engulfed a three-story residence at 419 S. Robinson St., according to dispatchers. A Baltimore City Fire Department spokesperson said there were no injuries in the fire. Further information was not immediately available.
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Staff Reports and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The Baltimore City Fire Department reported a two-alarm fire in the 3600 block of Duvall Avenue overnight into Friday morning. The department said via its Twitter account that units had responded and evacuated residents from the building. The department described the building as a three-story multi-family. Few details were immediately available, but the department said one firefighter had received a "minor" injury that was considered non-life threatening.
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Staff Reports and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The Baltimore City Fire Department reported a two-alarm fire in the 3600 block of Duvall Avenue overnight into Friday morning. The department said via its Twitter account that units had responded and evacuated residents from the building. The department described the building as a three-story multi-family. Few details were immediately available, but the department said one firefighter had received a "minor" injury that was considered non-life threatening.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
The Baltimore City Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire Sunday morning at 3023 La Rue Square in the Cherry Hill neighborhood, according to Lt. Paul Novak. The fire occurred around 11:30 a.m. on the second floor of a two-story dwelling. The residence was occupied at the time, but no one was injured, Novak said. Damage to the residence was extensive, but limited to the second floor, he said.
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Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Holabird Academy was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a gas leak near the school in the O'Donnell Heights neighborhood, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department. The leak, which was caused by a break in a six-inch gas main, was reported at around 3 p.m. near the area of Cardiff Avenue and Travers Way, according to the fire department. The break was caused by a construction accident. The air quality level at the school was determined to be safe, fire officials said. The levels are also being checked at residences in the area.
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Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2011
A resident of a Northwest Baltimore apartment building was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Monday evening with injuries suffered when the person jumped from a second floor unit to escape a fire, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department. Firefighters were called to the blaze in the 3000 block of Thorndale Ave. at 9:10 p.m., said department spokesman Kevin Cartwright. They contained the fire to a single until and had it under control in 10-12 minutes, he said. No other injuries were reported.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2013
Firefighters discovered the body of a woman in the basement of single family home in Northwest Baltimore that caught fire Friday, authorities said. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of Highgate Road in the city's Glen neighborhood, according to Chief Kevin Cartwright of the Baltimore City Fire Department. The woman appeared to have suffered burns, but a cause of death has not been determined. Homicide detectives have been called to the home to investigate, according to Baltimore police.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
Two houses in the 2700 block of N. Calvert Street were damaged in a fire that began around 3:40 a.m. Thursday, according to the Baltimore City fire department. Residents were displaced by that fire which began in the rear of one house and spread to a second, said fire department spokesman Ian Brennan. Both houses had heavy smoke and fire damage, and a third house had some minor smoke damage, however no one was injured. Fire department officials evacuated several houses on the block, and called a second fire alarm, because of concerns that the fire might spread to other houses, Brennan said.
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August 13, 2014
Baltimore's Police and Fire unions pay more into their pension fund than any other city unions. When the city enacted legislation to basically freeze cost of living raises for fire and police until the age of 55 with a paltry 1 percent raise, then 2 percent at 62, it was not only age discrimination but breech of contract. They even froze cost of living increases for fire and police injured in the line of duty. What is so shameful about the whole thing is that the politicians still managed to fully fund their pension system while still giving daily cost of living increases to retired politicians.
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August 12, 2014
I was not surprised to read the view of The Sun's editorial board in "End the pension fight" (Aug. 8), but your facts are incorrect. The police and fire unions made a proposal in September of 2009 regarding the fire and police pension plan. While the unions were negotiating with members of the City Council to seek those changes, the mayor's folks were crafting Ordinance 10-0306, which took effect in June 2010. While in litigation we made a settlement offer to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in January of 2013 with regard to Ordinance 10-0306.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Irregular work hours and constant stress can mean trouble for a firefighter's marriage. Lori Mercer is on a mission to change that. The founder of FirefighterWife.com, she wants to help reduce divorce and "strengthen, ignite and rescue firefighter marriages. " "When you see death and destruction, that's a lot to process," the 41-year-old mother of four said. "There's a whole lot of stress on a relationship on top of how tough marriage already is. " Mercer was among the exhibitors at the Firehouse Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center downtown.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Four firefighters suffered minor injuries as part of a house in Curtis Bay collapsed as they fought to put out a blaze in the early hours of Monday morning, according to the Baltimore City Fire Department. Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City fire departments went to the 1500 block of Popland Street shortly before 1:48 a.m., city fire spokesman Ian Brennan said in a recorded statement . When they arrived, they found a two-story house on fire. About half an hour after firefighters arrived, part of the second floor collapsed injuring three Anne Arundel firefighters and one from the city, according to Brennan.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
A transformer explosion resulted in a single-alarm fire early Tuesday morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital campus. The fire, which was reported at 8:05 a.m., was quickly contained and did not spread to the main hospital, said Ian Brennan, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department. No injuries were reported. Baltimore Gas & Electric Company crews are on scene working to repair the transformer, Brennan said. The hospital, located in the 5600 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, is using a back-up power generator in the meantime.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
Two houses in the 2700 block of N. Calvert Street were damaged in a fire that began around 3:40 a.m. Thursday, according to the Baltimore City fire department. Residents were displaced by that fire which began in the rear of one house and spread to a second, said fire department spokesman Ian Brennan. Both houses had heavy smoke and fire damage, and a third house had some minor smoke damage, however no one was injured. Fire department officials evacuated several houses on the block, and called a second fire alarm, because of concerns that the fire might spread to other houses, Brennan said.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
The Hip Hop Fish & Chicken carry-out restaurant caught fire early Saturday in the 2800 block of Hillen Road in Baltimore, authorities said. Chief Kevin Cartwright of the Baltimore City Fire Department said firefighters arrived at the restaurant, which appeared unoccupied, around 3:45 a.m. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported, Cartwright said. The fire was under control by 6 a.m., but a few firefighters remain on the scene, he added.. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the one-story building that once operated as a KFC, Cartwright said.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2011
The fire Monday at the Mt. Washington Tavern caused $2.5 million in damage to the structure and its contents, fire officials said. The cause and source of the early morning fire that destroyed the popular bar and restaurant remains under investigation. Investigators are still combing through evidence and conducting inspections of the wreckage at the two-story shingled building on Newbury Street. "The Baltimore City fire department never makes an immediate official determination into the cause of fires of this magnitude, or others," spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright wrote in an email Wednesday.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
She hails from a family of Baltimore firefighters, but Summer Britcher's life runs counter. She battles the ice. One of the youngest members of the Olympic luge team, Britcher, 19, is competing in her first Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Opening ceremonies are Friday and come Monday she'll lay on her back and rattle her sled down a frozen track with 17 banked turns for nearly one mile at speeds exceeding 80 miles an hour. Sans brakes. "It's terrifying, but I'm hooked," Britcher said.
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January 5, 2014
As a former fire chief, I can say the Baltimore City Fire Department will be much better off if the right person is hired to lead it, regardless of whether he comes from inside or outside of the department ( "Rawlings-Blake picks former Nebraska fire chief to lead Baltimore's department," Dec. 29). Unfortunately, fire departments are like educational institutions; they're took often in-bred and stuck in place. An insider can only do what he or she has been taught to do by past administrations, and that's not always good.
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