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February 27, 1998
Careless smoking caused a dinner-time fire Wednesday in an office suite at Finksburg Plaza shopping center, fire officials said.No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 6: 12 p.m. About 30 firefighters from Gamber, Reese, Westminster and Reisterstown brought the fire under control in 25 minutes. The fire triggered the building's automatic sprinkler system.Damage was estimated at $40,000, state fire marshals said.FireReese: Firefighters responded at 9: 01 a.m. Wednesday to a wash detail in the 2200 block of Old Westminster Pike.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department on Monday named the woman who died in a July 2 fire in Edgewater. Linda D. Nolte, 56, was identified by the State Medical Examiner's Office using dental records, according to a statement from Division Chief Michael E. Cox. Previously, the department identified another victim, Rosella K. Nolte, 84, who suffered life-threatening injuries and continues to be treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital. Investigators believe the two are mother and daughter.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 2, 2003
A one-alarm fire at an Elkridge carriage house Friday morning was caused by careless smoking and resulted in $70,000 worth of damage, Howard County fire officials said. The blaze started about 7:30 a.m. in the 5800 block of Hunt Club Road in a one-story structure that had been converted to an apartment, said Bill Mould, public information officer with Howard County Fire and Rescue Services. Firefighters brought the blaze under control in 30 minutes, and 50 firefighters were on the scene, he said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,sun reporter | March 9, 2007
The fire that killed five people and destroyed their Abingdon home in January began in the first-floor living room of the two-story, frame house, fire officials said yesterday. Investigators said they have not determined the cause of the blaze that killed Jerome and Annette Shropshire and three of their grandchildren Jan. 18. But they have ruled out arson and eliminated several possible sources, including the heating and electrical systems. Investigators from the state fire marshal's office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent weeks on the scene combing through debris.
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By RICHARD IRWIN | December 16, 2005
Careless smoking has been determined as the cause of a house fire Sunday in Keedysville that claimed the lives of three teenagers, the state fire marshal's office said yesterday. An examination of evidence and interviews with at least two survivors showed that the 5:15 a.m. blaze at the home of Maxwell B. Hope Jr. on Mount Hebron Road in Washington County was caused by careless smoking in a second-floor bedroom, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr. Pronounced dead at the scene were Brian P. Daigle, 18, of Boonsboro and Michael L. Abell, 17, and Jonathan R. Barnes, 17, both of Sharpsburg.
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By Roger Twigg | January 3, 1991
Careless smoking -- the leading cause of fire deaths in Baltimore last year -- was blamed yesterday for the death of a 47-year-old man whose charred body was found in the third-floor bedroom of a Pigtown row house.Firefighters rescued a second occupant of the house, in the 800 block of Washington Boulevard, by taking him down a ladder from a third-floor front window, officials said.The dead man, the first person to die in a Baltimore fire this year, was identified as Eugene Smith. He was found on the floor of a rear bedroom, said Capt.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | August 23, 1996
Careless smoking was blamed for the deaths early yesterday of two women in a fire that apparently began in the basement and quickly spread through a two-story Catonsville home.The victims of the 4: 30 a.m. fire in the 200 block of Newburg Ave. are believed to be Helen Gertrude Ricks, 75, and her daughter Francis Haddaway, 45, according to Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman, who said the medical examiner could not provide positive identification.Neighbors said Haddaway was a frequent visitor at the house.
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By Alisa Samuels and Timothy B. Wheeler and Alisa Samuels and Timothy B. Wheeler,Evening Sun Staff | December 26, 1991
A brother and sister died in a one-alarm fire Christmas Day in West Baltimore.And 10 families were left homeless yesterday when an early morning, four-alarm fire raced through the Woodside Apartments in Glen Burnie. No one was injured, but the families lost most of their belongings.In the fatal Baltimore fire, Mary Comegys Greene, 42, and her brother, Joseph Comegys, 47, apparently died of smoke inhalation after a mattress caught fire shortly after noon in their first-floor apartment in the 2000 block of Druid Hill Ave., a fire official said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 26, 2004
The remains of a 46-year-old Severn man were found yesterday after a house fire caused by careless smoking, an Anne Arundel County fire official said. John Walter Stinchcomb died in the fire that broke out about 10 p.m. Saturday at his farmhouse in the 7600 block of Plumbers Pasture Lane. No one else was home at the time, said Capt. Lee Cornwell of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | February 19, 1992
Baltimore fire officials blamed careless smoking for a blaze in O'Donnell Heights that resulted in the death of a 5-year-old boy yesterday and injuries to three other people, including the boy's mother.Twenty minutes after the blaze was reported, Peter Christoforakis' body was found in a second-floor bedroom in the 1300 block of Bunson Way, said Capt. Calvin Johnson, a Fire Department spokesman.The child's mother, Patricia McCauley, 24, was reported in fair and stable condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was taken for treatment of severe smoke inhalation, a spokeswoman said.
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By RICHARD IRWIN | December 16, 2005
Careless smoking has been determined as the cause of a house fire Sunday in Keedysville that claimed the lives of three teenagers, the state fire marshal's office said yesterday. An examination of evidence and interviews with at least two survivors showed that the 5:15 a.m. blaze at the home of Maxwell B. Hope Jr. on Mount Hebron Road in Washington County was caused by careless smoking in a second-floor bedroom, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr. Pronounced dead at the scene were Brian P. Daigle, 18, of Boonsboro and Michael L. Abell, 17, and Jonathan R. Barnes, 17, both of Sharpsburg.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 26, 2004
The remains of a 46-year-old Severn man were found yesterday after a house fire caused by careless smoking, an Anne Arundel County fire official said. John Walter Stinchcomb died in the fire that broke out about 10 p.m. Saturday at his farmhouse in the 7600 block of Plumbers Pasture Lane. No one else was home at the time, said Capt. Lee Cornwell of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 2, 2003
A one-alarm fire at an Elkridge carriage house Friday morning was caused by careless smoking and resulted in $70,000 worth of damage, Howard County fire officials said. The blaze started about 7:30 a.m. in the 5800 block of Hunt Club Road in a one-story structure that had been converted to an apartment, said Bill Mould, public information officer with Howard County Fire and Rescue Services. Firefighters brought the blaze under control in 30 minutes, and 50 firefighters were on the scene, he said.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | April 26, 2003
A 47-year-old Wicomico County woman wanted by Baltimore police on an arrest warrant charging her with credit card fraud also is being investigated in the embezzlement of thousands of dollars from a local seminary, police sources said yesterday. Police said they have been searching for Cynthia J. Downs since her car was found April 15 in an Ocean City parking lot. She is wanted on charges of credit card fraud in the city, Baltimore police said. Details about the warrant were not available.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2001
Christal Hayden met her heroes in a blur of blinding smoke, shooting flames and crashing glass. There was no time for introductions before she dropped her baby from a second-floor window into their arms and then jumped. Yesterday, she was reunited with the three construction workers who saved her and her 6-month-old daughter, Sara Concannon, from her burning duplex in Pasadena last month. She recognized them immediately. "Those are faces I'll never forget," she said. Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens honored the three men yesterday with citations for their heroic deed.
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February 27, 1998
Careless smoking caused a dinner-time fire Wednesday in an office suite at Finksburg Plaza shopping center, fire officials said.No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 6: 12 p.m. About 30 firefighters from Gamber, Reese, Westminster and Reisterstown brought the fire under control in 25 minutes. The fire triggered the building's automatic sprinkler system.Damage was estimated at $40,000, state fire marshals said.FireReese: Firefighters responded at 9: 01 a.m. Wednesday to a wash detail in the 2200 block of Old Westminster Pike.
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December 28, 1992
A Glen Burnie woman died yesterday when she became trapped in her burning third-floor apartment, officials said.Firefighters found Beulah M. Jones, 66, collapsed behind the locked door of her apartment in the 200 block of Southbridge Drive, said Capt. Gary Sheckells of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. She was pronounced dead a short time later at North Arundel Hospital.The fire which the captain said apparently was caused by careless smoking, was reported by a neighbor at 7:05 p.m. The neighbor had tried to get into the apartment to help but the door was locked, he said.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer | March 2, 1995
A fire that may have been started by careless smoking in bed injured three elderly men and caused serious damage to their two-story rowhouse in the 2300 block of E. Madison St.Two of the men, both in their 60s, were taken to the Bayview Medical Center for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. One of the men appeared to have suffered a heart attack. The third man, also in his 60s, was reportedly treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Their names were not immediately available.Battalion Chief Robert Williams said the fire, reported at 12:36 a.m., began in a second-floor rear bedroom and quickly spread to the front of the home.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | August 23, 1996
Careless smoking was blamed for the deaths early yesterday of two women in a fire that apparently began in the basement and quickly spread through a two-story Catonsville home.The victims of the 4: 30 a.m. fire in the 200 block of Newburg Ave. are believed to be Helen Gertrude Ricks, 75, and her daughter Francis Haddaway, 45, according to Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman, who said the medical examiner could not provide positive identification.Neighbors said Haddaway was a frequent visitor at the house.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer | July 31, 1995
A 46-year-old woman was killed and six firefighters were injured -- one seriously -- yesterday evening in a South Baltimore rowhouse blaze.The victim, Joan Johnson, was asleep with her husband, Lloyd, in the two-story rowhouse in the 500 block of E. Fort Ave. when they heard a smoke alarm go off shortly before 7 p.m., he said, standing amid charred possessions on the sidewalk.Mr. Johnson, a 49-year-old longshoreman, said he ran across the street to call the Fire Department and assumed his wife had run out the back door.
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