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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1996
For the second time in three days, a sprinkler system doused a fire in a North Laurel apartment complex, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue said.The fire Monday at Country Meadows Apartments was similar to one Saturday, but fire officials said both were accidental.In each case, a sprinkler system was able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining apartments, said Chief Raymond Faith of the county Department of Fire and Rescue.On Monday, a smoke detector went off in the hallway of the second-floor apartment in the 9700 block of Country Meadows Lane.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
Mt. Washington Tavern, which was gutted by a two-alarm fire late last year, expects to re-open mid-fall, co-owner Rob Frisch said this week. Meanwhile, the Baltimore City Fire Department has listed the cause of the fire as "not fully ascertainable. " That official listing does not suggest foul play. "It simply implies the damages and destruction was too great, which made it difficult and unsafe for investigators to narrow the cause to one specific source," said Chief Kevin Cartwright, Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman.  The tavern is a city mainstay and a favorite among lacrosse players, and jockeys and horse trainers from nearby Pimlico Race Track.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 5, 2002
An unoccupied Ellicott City townhouse was destroyed by a fire yesterday morning, fire officials said. The house, which was under construction near Kaiser Drive and Executive Park Drive, caught fire about 9:40 a.m., said M. Sean Kelly, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. No one was at the house at the time of the fire, which was extinguished about 11:30 a.m., Kelly said. Authorities are investigating, Kelly said.
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By Melissa Harris | May 27, 2007
Howard County investigators have determined that a fire that killed an 83-year-old Columbia woman was accidental, said William Mould, spokesman for the Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Mould said the blaze started Wednesday morning in a second-floor bedroom in the 9500 block of Windbeat Way. The bedroom had been converted into a home office and prayer room. Mould identified the victim as Bina Pani Das. "We have learned from the family that [the victim], along with other family members, used this room to pray in and from time to time would light candles and incense to profess her faith," Mould said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 17, 1998
A two-alarm fire destroyed a Columbia townhouse yesterday afternoon, causing nearly $200,000 in damage, fire officials said.About 2: 20 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the home in the 10700 block of Bridlerein Terrace, said Capt. Sean Kelly, spokesman for the Department of Fire and Rescue Services.It took about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control, Kelly said. No one was in the house, owned by Clark Fleckinger, and no one was injured, Kelly said.Pub Date: 4/17/98
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 23, 2001
A small kitchen fire at an apartment in the 8700 block of Town and Country Blvd. in Ellicott City caused minor smoke damage to the unit and temporary evacuation of several neighbors yesterday. The blaze started about 2:10 p.m. when food left on the stove caught fire, said Capt. Barry Bennett of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. It was extinguished about five minutes later, he said. The neighbors were evacuated because of the smoke but were allowed to return quickly, he added.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1996
Howard and Anne Arundel County fire crews battled a brush fire in a residential area of North Laurel yesterday afternoon. No injuries were reported, fire officials said, and damage was limited to a relatively small area.The fire was reported at 1: 50 p.m. when a resident on 6th Street called 911 about a fire behind a single-family home. Firefighters from Savage, Scaggsville and Anne Arundel had extinguished the fire by about 3: 15 p.m., said Lt. Michael Baker, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.
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By DENNSE O'BRIEN | April 17, 2007
A fire that swept through an Ellicott City townhouse killed an unidentified middle-aged man last night, fire officials said. The blaze in the 3200 block of Sonia Trail in the Ellicott Meadows section of Ellicott City was reported in a 911 call about 5:30 p.m., said William Mould, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. When firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting out of the second and third floors of the three-story frame dwelling, Mould said.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | March 20, 1997
A three-alarm fire in an Ellicott City apartment building displaced six families yesterday, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.Lt. Sean Kelly, a department spokesman, said the fire began about 12: 30 p.m. on the first floor of the Chatham Garden Apartments in the 3300 block of N. Chatham Road and quickly spread to all three floors.Kelly said the fire is believed to have started when the flame of a blowtorch that was being used in the building came in contact with insulation.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1997
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue is investigating the cause of a house fire in Columbia's Long Reach village that caused $225,000 worth of damage this week.Lt. Kenneth A. Byerly, a Fire and Rescue spokesman, said a single-family home in the 9200 block of Snow Shoe Lane in east Columbia was severely damaged after a fire spread from the garage to the roof and attic Tuesday afternoon.Byerly said no one was home at the time of the fire.He said 40 firefighters found the rear of the structure engulfed in flames.
NEWS
May 24, 2007
Former officer pleads guilty to drunken driving on duty A former Howard County police officer pleaded guilty yesterday to driving drunk while on duty. Visiting Howard County District Court Judge John C. Coolahan sentenced Tyronne Cole Jr. to one year of unsupervised probation before judgment, according to court records. Coolahan also ordered Cole to pay $372 in court fees and a fine, and to complete the Partners in Recovery rehabilitation program. Shortly after Cole arrived for work at 11 p.m. March 3, the police cruiser he was driving struck several vehicles in the parking lot of the Southern District police station in North Laurel, according to court records.
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By LARRY CARSON | April 18, 2007
A man found dead in his Ellicott City townhouse after a fire Monday was identified yesterday as Randal Dinsmore, 48. Bill Mould, a spokesman for the county Department of Fire and Rescue Services, said the house, in the 3200 block of Sonia Trail, was heavily damaged on all three floors by a fire that destroyed 75 percent of the roof. The loss was estimated at $400,000. The two-alarm blaze began in the basement, Mould said. Dinsmore, the only occupant, was found in the kitchen. The first fire alarm was sounded at 5:30 p.m., and the blaze was brought under control in about 20 minutes.
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By DENNSE O'BRIEN | April 17, 2007
A fire that swept through an Ellicott City townhouse killed an unidentified middle-aged man last night, fire officials said. The blaze in the 3200 block of Sonia Trail in the Ellicott Meadows section of Ellicott City was reported in a 911 call about 5:30 p.m., said William Mould, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. When firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting out of the second and third floors of the three-story frame dwelling, Mould said.
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By Dana Klosner-Wehner and Dana Klosner-Wehner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 25, 2004
Craig Ralston, 46, remembers entering a burning building and finding a woman hiding behind the couch in her smoke-filled apartment. She was frantically speaking into her cell phone in broken English. As smoke engulfed the room, Ralston said he could only see about five feet in front of him, but he managed to calm the woman and escort her safely out of the building. Ralston is one of 110 men and women in the Ellicott City Volunteer Firemen's Association. The association provides volunteer firefighters to Fire Station 2 on Montgomery Road and Fire Station 8 on Route 99. Trained volunteers work with career firefighters at the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue, said the department's public information officer, Bill Mould.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 16, 2004
A fire that destroyed a Clarksville mansion Friday, causing an estimated $6.7 million in damage, started accidentally, according to Howard County fire officials. William E. Mould, a Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue spokesman, confirmed reports that the fire in the home of developer Frederick W. Kunkle Jr. in the 12700 block of Maryvale Court started after several children were burning paper outside the home. Mould would not provide any information about the children. A spark ignited material in the garage about 5 p.m., Mould said, and the fire moved rapidly into the house, particularly into the attic space.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 18, 2004
A family of four escaped without injury from their single-family home in Columbia after a fire broke out about 6 a.m. yesterday, a Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue spokesman said. Firefighters arrived at the burning house, in the 5500 block of Thunder Hill Road in Oakland Mills village and learned that guns, ammunition and an acetylene torch were inside, spokesman Bill Mould said. Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, but continued to spray water on the house until about 10 a.m., Mould said.
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By LARRY CARSON | April 18, 2007
A man found dead in his Ellicott City townhouse after a fire Monday was identified yesterday as Randal Dinsmore, 48. Bill Mould, a spokesman for the county Department of Fire and Rescue Services, said the house, in the 3200 block of Sonia Trail, was heavily damaged on all three floors by a fire that destroyed 75 percent of the roof. The loss was estimated at $400,000. The two-alarm blaze began in the basement, Mould said. Dinsmore, the only occupant, was found in the kitchen. The first fire alarm was sounded at 5:30 p.m., and the blaze was brought under control in about 20 minutes.
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By Melissa Harris | May 27, 2007
Howard County investigators have determined that a fire that killed an 83-year-old Columbia woman was accidental, said William Mould, spokesman for the Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Mould said the blaze started Wednesday morning in a second-floor bedroom in the 9500 block of Windbeat Way. The bedroom had been converted into a home office and prayer room. Mould identified the victim as Bina Pani Das. "We have learned from the family that [the victim], along with other family members, used this room to pray in and from time to time would light candles and incense to profess her faith," Mould said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 5, 2002
An unoccupied Ellicott City townhouse was destroyed by a fire yesterday morning, fire officials said. The house, which was under construction near Kaiser Drive and Executive Park Drive, caught fire about 9:40 a.m., said M. Sean Kelly, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. No one was at the house at the time of the fire, which was extinguished about 11:30 a.m., Kelly said. Authorities are investigating, Kelly said.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 23, 2001
A small kitchen fire at an apartment in the 8700 block of Town and Country Blvd. in Ellicott City caused minor smoke damage to the unit and temporary evacuation of several neighbors yesterday. The blaze started about 2:10 p.m. when food left on the stove caught fire, said Capt. Barry Bennett of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. It was extinguished about five minutes later, he said. The neighbors were evacuated because of the smoke but were allowed to return quickly, he added.
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