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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
Two members of the state fire marshal's bomb squad removed 27 sticks of old dynamite from a building of the Southern States Agriculture Center in Westminster yesterday morning.The dynamite, manufactured in the mid-1960s, was in stable condition when found Monday in an ammunition container on the second floor of the bulk-food building on Railroad Avenue by a company employee.Several blasting caps, or detonators, were found nearby. They were removed on Monday.A deputy fire marshal from Howard County said the dynamite was taken to a field owned by Southern States about three miles north of the city, sprinkled with flammable liquid and burned.
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November 27, 2005
POCOMOKE CITY -- A 29-year- old woman was killed and her two children were injured in a house fire early yesterday. Neighbors rescued the woman and her two boys, ages 6 and 6 months, from the burning home, Worcester County Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matthew Owens said. The woman was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where she died, Owens said. The infant was being treated at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His condition was unavailable last night. The older boy was treated and released.
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November 27, 2005
POCOMOKE CITY -- A 29-year- old woman was killed and her two children were injured in a house fire early yesterday. Neighbors rescued the woman and her two boys, ages 6 and 6 months, from the burning home, Worcester County Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matthew Owens said. The woman was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where she died, Owens said. The infant was being treated at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His condition was unavailable last night. The older boy was treated and released.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 18, 2000
Bob Thomas, a veteran fire inspector and former spokesman for the state fire marshal's office, has been named chief deputy state fire marshal, the agency's No. 2 position. Thomas, 47, who recently served as commander of the fire marshal's Bel Air office, replaces Robert H. Shimer, who retired last month after 28 years with the fire marshal's office. Thomas' duties include overseeing the agency's five regional offices and its bomb squad. A resident of Joppa and a member and former president of the Harford County school board, Thomas has worked 22 years in the state fire marshal's office.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1996
Gasoline leaking from a Ford Bronco ignited and caused an explosion Saturday morning that slightly injured a man in North Laurel, a deputy fire marshal said.Joseph Herberson of the 9000 block of Old Scaggsville Road received first-degree burns on his face shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, said State Deputy Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor.Mr. Herberson was working on a 1988 Ford Bronco II in his garage when gasoline began to leak from the Bronco's fuel line, Mr. Taylor said. A battery charger ignited the vapors from the pool of gasoline, he said.
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February 13, 1992
A two-alarm fire early today destroyed a vacant apartment building in the Cecil county town of Perryville.State Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Thomas said the fire, which caused an estimated $150,000 damage, was intentionally set."The building was being renovated and no one was living there at the time," Mr. Thomas said.The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. at the three-story, frame building that occupies 301 to 317 Broad St.Mr. Thomas said 45 firefighters from Cecil and Harford counties battled the fire.
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July 7, 1995
A faulty electrical cord caused a fire Wednesday at a house in the 1000 block of Day Road in Sykesville, fire officials said.The owner, Roland E. Hall III, discovered the blaze in a bedroom of the house about 7:45 p.m., according to a deputy fire marshal.The fire caused about $10,000 damage -- about $5,000 to the wood-framed house structure and the remaining damage to furniture and contents in the room, said Mickey Day, chief of the West Friendship fire department.About 25 firefighters got the blaze under control in 20 minutes, Mr. Day said.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1994
More than 80 employees of the Omega-Arkay photographic '' equipment company in Westminster were evacuated for nearly an hour yesterday after a stack of cardboard boxes caught fire.Firefighters from Westminster, Reese and Pleasant Valley extinguished the fire, which was discovered about 1 p.m. in the paint room at the rear of the plant in the 100 block of Shaeffer Ave.The company manufactures and distributes photography and darkroom equipment.Several employees used fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived, a fire official said.
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April 25, 1994
Loretta Fitzsimmons Hill, a Westminster resident and reading resource teacher, has been included in the fourth edition of Who's Who in American Education by Marquis publishers.The publication lists people deemed to be making a difference in the field of education. The fourth edition features 28,000 educators from all levels of teaching throughout the United States.POLICE* Westminster: An official of Green Way Lawns on East George Street told city police someone stole wooden landscaping ties Wednesday.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | April 22, 1994
The 1,250 students at South Carroll High School were evacuated for 55 minutes yesterday after someone ignited a roll of toilet paper in a second-floor bathroom.The resulting fire inexplicably sent smoke throughout the F and G sections of the school, in the 1300 block of W. Old Liberty Road, about 1:40 p.m., but fire officials said it appeared that there was no other damage.Dr. Robert Bowden, an assistant principal, said he was told of smoke in a hallway at the western end of the school and sounded the alarm to evacuate the students, staff and teachers, and alert the fire department.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1998
Explosives experts from the state fire marshal's office detonated two homemade bombs and disarmed two more yesterday in a wooded area northeast of Westminster, as state police sought other devices believed to be stored in a nearby house.Police sought a search warrant last night for a home on West Parisian Way, and investigators said they expected to be working into the night.The incident began at 2: 45 p.m., when a man walking in the woods called the police after he found the bombs about a half-mile from Bennett Cerf Park at Random House Inc. on Route 27, said 1st Sgt. Andrew Mays, a police spokesman.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1996
Gasoline leaking from a Ford Bronco ignited and caused an explosion Saturday morning that slightly injured a man in North Laurel, a deputy fire marshal said.Joseph Herberson of the 9000 block of Old Scaggsville Road received first-degree burns on his face shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, said State Deputy Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor.Mr. Herberson was working on a 1988 Ford Bronco II in his garage when gasoline began to leak from the Bronco's fuel line, Mr. Taylor said. A battery charger ignited the vapors from the pool of gasoline, he said.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | August 24, 1995
Three people were forced out of their apartments when a fire was discovered in a storage area of their two-level building in the 500 block of Old Baltimore Road at 12:45 p.m. yesterday.Firefighters "rescued" three parakeets from a fourth apartment where no one was at home. No one was injured.Fire officials said the blaze started in the concrete block room under the apartment of Ed Frederick, who grabbed only his guitar and fled after he was notified of the blaze by neighbor Marie Moore. He stood outside the building dressed only in a pair of shorts and rubber shower thongs as firefighters extinguished the blaze.
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July 7, 1995
A faulty electrical cord caused a fire Wednesday at a house in the 1000 block of Day Road in Sykesville, fire officials said.The owner, Roland E. Hall III, discovered the blaze in a bedroom of the house about 7:45 p.m., according to a deputy fire marshal.The fire caused about $10,000 damage -- about $5,000 to the wood-framed house structure and the remaining damage to furniture and contents in the room, said Mickey Day, chief of the West Friendship fire department.About 25 firefighters got the blaze under control in 20 minutes, Mr. Day said.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | July 6, 1995
A man armed with a loaded .22-caliber Ruger revolver, a Chinese 7.62 mm assault type rifle with bayonet, a pipe bomb, a "hoax" bomb and wearing a homemade law enforcement-type uniform was arrested by state police after an employee of a Gamber bank called police yesterday.Lt. Gregory M. Shipley, state police spokesman, said a man entered the Westminster Bank and Trust branch at Routes 91 and 32 shortly before 3 p.m. and after a short wait, left abruptly when another customer entered the bank.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | June 7, 1995
A robot pushed into a barricaded Linthicum motel room yesterday afternoon, ripped the blanket off a man cowering under the sink and sent him sprawling into the arms of police officers.The three-minute maneuver by the squat, six-wheeled device -- complete with a hip check that kept the man from fleeing -- ended a 25-hour standoff that started when a housekeeper at Motel 6 found what appeared to be a bomb in the room.Marvin Eli Kirsch, 45, of Perry Hall was arrested and taken to North Arundel Hospital for mental and physical evaluation.
NEWS
April 7, 1993
Sykesville man charged with setting fire at houseAn 18-year-old Sykesville man who allegedly started a fire inside a vacant Eldersburg house to keep warm was released on $20,000 bond Monday night after his arrest on an arson charge.Scott Kelly Gamber of the 6300 block of Barnett Ave. was charged with one count of arson in the Feb. 26 blaze that extensively damaged an old house next to the Exxon station at Routes 26 and 32.Deputy Fire Marshal Frank M. Rauschenberg arrested Mr. Gamber Monday after a month-long investigation of the fire.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1994
More than 80 employees of the Omega-Arkay photographic '' equipment company in Westminster were evacuated for nearly an hour yesterday after a stack of cardboard boxes caught fire.Firefighters from Westminster, Reese and Pleasant Valley extinguished the fire, which was discovered about 1 p.m. in the paint room at the rear of the plant in the 100 block of Shaeffer Ave.The company manufactures and distributes photography and darkroom equipment.Several employees used fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived, a fire official said.
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