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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2010
Over the years, Eva Brown has watched neighbors on North Calhoun Street move out or die off, leaving their homes to fall slowly into disrepair, with windows boarded and foundations crumbling. In September, living among abandoned houses cost Brown the roof over her head when fire swept through the vacant buildings on her block. More than 100 firefighters, some coming from Washington for the first time since the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, arrived to battle the spreading flames. "I'm out of my home because of something that happened across the street," said Brown, 73, who, along with her 76-year-old cousin, Esther Ausby, is the last remaining resident in a strip of houses.
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Colin Campbell, Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
An elderly woman died in a fire at a three-story Hampden home just blocks away from a city firehouse Sunday night, the Baltimore Fire Department said. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital, fire spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said Monday. He said she had not yet been identified by Monday morning. Officials do not have the exact age but said she was an elderly woman. Firefighters were called to the home in the 3900 block of Roland Ave. at 10:03 p.m. and the first two units arrived on the scene at 10:05 p.m., Clark said.
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From staff reports | December 26, 2013
Summer Britcher, a Baltimore-born Glen Rock, Pa., resident who qualified this month for a spot on the U.S. women's luge team for the 2014 Sochi Games, received a grand send-off Thursday from the Baltimore City Fire Department's Engine 29 station house, where her father is a captain. Kimmie Meissner, 2010 Olympic figure skater, and her brother, Eric Meissner, a firefighter and paramedic on Engine29, were also at the event. Several of Britcher's family members serve or have served the department.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Tuesday's torrential rain - the most to fall in one day in more than 80 years - shut down portions of major roadways, stranded dozens of motorists, including some who had to be rescued, and caused dangerous flash floods throughout the region. More than 6 inches of rain fell steadily throughout the day, leading the Orioles to postpone their game against the Yankees, gallons of sewage to spill into the Jones Falls and fliers returning to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to find vehicles stuck in flooded long-term parking lots.
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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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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
Baltimore's Fire Department is overhauling its rescue teams and converting its Locust Point station into a new command center — moves designed to increase the availability of firefighters trained to work in deep water, collapsed buildings and other dangerous locations. Fire Chief James S. Clack said the changes — which come after a December accident that shut down the dive team — are needed to address shortcomings in the agency. Baltimore, he said, has fallen "a little behind" other big cities since the Sept.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
Turkey, duck, chicken or turducken — whatever you're cooking on Thanksgiving, make sure you're not whipping up a dangerous side of carbon monoxide. With a busy holiday and a house full of guests, it can be easy to leave the oven on and forget to ventilate properly, officials warn. The Baltimore Fire Department saw an "alarming strike," with 45 calls last Thanksgiving for carbon monoxide alarms, nearly five times as many as the average day, spokesman Ian Brennan said. "It's a completely preventable situation on Thanksgiving Day," he said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
A member of the Baltimore Fire Department training to become a rescue diver was hospitalized Thursday after ascending to the surface of a Harford County quarry too quickly during a certification class, according to department officials. The man, who has not been identified, was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center Friday morning after being treated in its hyperbaric chamber and then being held overnight for observation, said Deputy Chief Paul Moore, director of training and education at the department's training academy.
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By Nayana Davis and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Baltimore firefighters battled a blaze in the Penn North neighborhood early Monday morning. The single-alarm fire occurred in a vacant house in the 2400 block of Francis Street. The fire burned through all the floors in the building, Baltimore Fire Department officials said. Firefighters are still on scene investigating the cause of the incident.
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November 18, 2011
The headline on The Sun's article about promotions within the Baltimore Fire Department ("Two top fire jobs to blacks," Nov. 16) was disgraceful. It should have been, "Two top fire jobs to most qualified. " Since when is the color of one's skin a "qualification" for anything? Racism in this country will never disappear as long as it is used as a prerequisite for any type of employment. Shame on the writer of that headline. D. Pazourek, Sparks
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Charnie L. "Les" Kinion Jr., a city firefighter who founded the Baltimore Road Runners Club and the Maryland Marathon, died July 23 of a heart attack in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was 78. "The Maryland Marathon was Les' baby. He did a lot of the work and knew how to get races organized," said John Roemer, a friend for more than 40 years. "People liked him and he was the best face the Maryland Marathon ever had," said Mr. Roemer, who lives near Parkton. "It attracted some of the best runners in the world.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. brought about 6,000 signatures to the city's Board of Elections on Monday - a total that, if verified, will put him on November's ballot as an independent candidate for Baltimore state's attorney. With his family by his side, Neverdon, 46, pointed to the petition effort as evidence his candidacy has grass-roots support. "We've spent sleepless nights, long weekends, long days," Neverdon said. "The citizens of Baltimore spoke, and they want a choice.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Amtrak trains were delayed for up to an hour Sunday evening after an old signal box along railroad tracks near the Howard Street bridge in North Baltimore caught fire, officials said. Firefighters put out the one-alarm fire, which was reported at 5:26 p.m., in roughly an hour, Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said. Amtrak held train traffic from 5:28 p.m. until 6:10 p.m., and restricted trains to lower speeds until just before 7 p.m., to allow firefighters to safely respond, an Amtrak spokeswoman said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
The voice of the water taxi operator off Canton came over the radio Wednesday morning. "We're taking on water," he said. "I think sinking or capsizing is imminent. " Emergency responders listening to their radios at a nearby pier immediately shifted into gear, readying themselves for the start of a mock exercise rescuing dozens of overboard victims in the Inner Harbor. The energy was apparent, if somewhat awkward. "You want to try to do good on these things," said Skip Minter, a longtime boat pilot for the Baltimore Fire Department, whose job was to maneuver out to the training scene — dozens of life jackets strewn about in the water — and return the "victims" back to shore.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
As of 8:30 a.m., traffic is flowing clearly on Moravia Road after delays caused by firefighters working at the scene of a small attic fire in the 4500 block of St. Thomas Avenue Monday morning, according to the Baltimore Fire Department. All lanes have reopened following a crash that had severely impacted traffic on the southbound Jones Fall Expressway north of the 41 Street Bridge, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation reports. A disabled vehicle on Interstate 895 north near US 1 in Baltimore has shut down a traffic lane and shoulder, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
A Baltimore councilman plans to push a measure to rename a street after the 8-year-old boy who died after trying to save his siblings from a fire in the family's rowhouse. Decerio Coley threw his 4-year-old sister from a window into the arms of neighbors below when the fire spread through the house early Monday morning. While neighbors shouted at the boy to jump, too, Decerio instead went back in to save his brother, Sean McCullough, 7. The 7-year-old was killed, while Decerio was critically injured and taken off life support the next day. The younger sister, however, survived unharmed.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2012
Baltimore firefighters responded to a small bedroom fire Sunday afternoon in a second-floor apartment on the 2600 block of Loyola Southway in the Greenspring neighborhood. The fire was under control by 2 p.m. and did not spread beyond the apartment, said a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman, Kevin Cartwright, who added that the occupant of the apartment, who was not identified, refused to leave the premises. "There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation," Cartwright said.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2010
Southbound Interstate 83 was closed at Northern Parkway for about an hour Friday morning after a collision involving six vehicles, according to Baltimore Police. The crash was reported at 6:40 a.m. and based on preliminary information, some people were injured, police said. No one was taken to the hospital for treatment, however, according to Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman.
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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 Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A Baltimore Fire Department battalion chief responding to an apartment fire was critically injured Sunday evening in a three-car crash that left four other motorists injured, authorities said. The battalion chief was at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition after being injured in the accident at Cold Spring Lane and Loch Raven Boulevard, officials said. His department SUV was hit as he was responding to a fire in the 6400 block of Walther Ave. just before 6 p.m. Four civilian motorists were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said.
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