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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
An underground electrical fire was reported beneath the Sheraton City Center hotel Wednesday morning, but city emergency officials said it posed no danger to hotel guests. Half a dozen fire vehicles and a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. truck surrounded the entrance to the hotel about 9:30 a.m, blocking several lanes of traffic in the 100 block of W. Fayette St. downtown. Hotel staff said guests had not been evacuated and were not affected. The Baltimore Mayor's Office of Emergency Management said via Twitter about 9:40 a.m. that firefighters were awaiting the power to be shut off before they could extinguish the fire.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
An underground electrical fire was reported beneath the Sheraton City Center hotel Wednesday morning, but city emergency officials said it posed no danger to hotel guests. Half a dozen fire vehicles and a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. truck surrounded the entrance to the hotel about 9:30 a.m, blocking several lanes of traffic in the 100 block of W. Fayette St. downtown. Hotel staff said guests had not been evacuated and were not affected. The Baltimore Mayor's Office of Emergency Management said via Twitter about 9:40 a.m. that firefighters were awaiting the power to be shut off before they could extinguish the fire.
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By From Staff Reports | September 15, 1994
Tuesday's election was marked by the end of a tradition and a small electrical fire in the county's least populated precinct.The seven election officials working in the social hall of the Middleburg United Methodist Church on Johnsville Road noticed the room filling with smoke and detected the odor of an electrical fire as the 100th voter marked the ballot about 2 p.m.They searched the building, which is behind the church, and eventually called 911.Volunteer firefighters...
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 14, 2012
Deputy state fire marshals identified the victim of Thursday's fatal fire near Havre de Grace as George M. Scott, 86, who lived in the home in the Webster Village neighborhood where the fire occurred. An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was completed Friday and determined the cause of Mr. Scott's death was smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, according to a news release from the Fire Marshal's Office. Mr. Scott was the sole occupant of the home at the time of the fire, according to the release.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | April 4, 1994
Like churches throughout the area, St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore was all decked out for Easter yesterday.Multi-colored flowers adorned the sanctuary. Programs and prayer books were set out. Small candles were on sale for a quarter each.But instead of celebrating the resurrection of Christ, priests and parishioners were left talking about the restoration of their church after a pre-dawn electrical fire that damaged the roof and caused the cancellation of Easter Masses.
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By Hanah Cho | March 29, 2009
Four people were injured, including one who suffered serious burns, in an electrical fire Saturday afternoon at Pharmaceutics International Inc. in Hunt Valley, Baltimore County fire authorities said. Fire officials responded to a call just before 1 p.m. for a building fire in the 10800 block of Gilroy Road near Beaver Dam Road, authorities said. Baltimore County Fire Department Lt. James Artis said four electricians were working inside a power room when an electrical short occurred. One suffered third-degree burns to the upper body.
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January 2, 1993
An 81-year-old man was killed in an electrical fire yesterday at his Northeast Baltimore home, the Fire Department said.Capt. Hector Torres said the man, whose name is being withheld until his relatives can be notified, apparently was trying to clear the house of smoke when he collapsed.Firefighters found his body when they arrived at the house in the 4600 block of Luerssen Ave. shortly after 4 p.m.The fire appears to have started in the kitchen at the electrical outlet for the stove, Captain Torres said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 27, 2003
A two-alarm fire destroyed a Westminster home yesterday morning, forcing a family of six to stay with family and friends, authorities said. Gary and Lori Clark, of the 1000 block of Old Manchester Road, escaped unharmed with their four children from a blaze that destroyed their three-bedroom, two-story house, in which they had lived for about seven years, authorities said. The couple's 21-year-old son discovered the fire in a closet next to his first-floor bedroom about 5 a.m. and roused his family.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 5, 1997
A Safeway Food & Drug store on Forest Drive closed yesterday after a small electrical fire in a back room knocked out all telephone and power lines to the store, Annapolis fire officials said.Officials said they hope the store will open today because the damage was minimal, but that might not happen unless an emergency generator is brought in to restore power."We hope to re-open the store in the next couple of days, but we're optimistically hoping it'll be tomorrow," Greg TenEyck, director of public affairs for Safeway Inc., said yesterday.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2004
An electrical fire in the subbasement of Circuit Courthouse East on Wednesday shut down both downtown courthouses yesterday, resulting in the postponement of dozens of cases and disabling the computer system in the juvenile court on Gay Street, which remained open. Court officials said they expect both Calvert Street courthouses to be open today. The small fire, which caused no injuries, exposed the poor conditions of an antiquated building and system that desperately needs to be updated, said Circuit Administrative Judge Marcella A. Holland.
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RECORD STAFF REPORTS | December 13, 2012
A person died in a house fire early Thursday morning in the Webster Village area of eastern Harford County near Havre de Grace, the spokesman for the State Fire Marshal's Office said. Investigators were still at the home in the 4000 block of U Way and the Office of the State Medical Examiner was en route to the scene, said Bruce Bouch, director of public education and media affairs for the Fire Marshal's Office. Bouch said the first call for the fire in the two-story, Cape Cod style dwelling was received at 4:37 a.m. and the fire went to two alarms for additional manpower.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 6, 2012
A Pylesville man died of smoke inhalation after a small electrical fire in his bedroom Thursday afternoon, state fire marshals said Sheldon "Sam" Deller, 52, was killed when a fire broke out in the first floor bedroom of his home in the 5000 block of West Heaps Road in Pylesville. The 12:41 p.m. fire caused $200 damage to the two-story, wood frame dwelling, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Monitored Harford County emergency radio broadcasts reported a fire with rescue; however, the first arriving unit reported "nothing evident" showing outside of the dwelling.
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By Richard Gorelick | April 11, 2012
Regi's in Federal Hill was hit by an electrical fire on Tuesday morning. The fire, according to owner Alan Morstein began in an outside walk-in refrigerator and spread into the restaurant's back dining room.  The main dining room and bar were unaffected by smoke and water, Morstein said. "Had it not been for our neighbors who alerted Engine Company #2 on Light Street at the first signs of the fire, we would be rubble," Morstein wrote in an email to his customers.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2012
Baltimore firefighters and BGE crews were on the scene Monday morning of a one-alarm fire reported at a production building adjacent to the main U.S. post office downtown. Firefighters were able to use carbon dioxide extinguishers to put out the fire and remove smoke from the building at 901 E. Fayette St. The fire was confined to an electrical panel in a utility room near a loading dock and posed no danger to employees or customers, officials said. The post office remained open during the incident, which was first reported at 8:13 a.m. Chief Kevin Cartwright called the incident "benign.
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January 3, 2012
An article in the Jan. 6, 1912 edition of The Argus reported on the ominous start for the new year. The greater part of Catonsville was in total darkness Sunday night on account of the grounding of the electric current supplying the lights, caused by the heavy foggy atmosphere. The current set fire to a number of the electric light poles and to avoid further damage and any possible danger to the traveling public, the current was turned off at Avalon on the Baltimore County Water and Electric Company, from whence the current is supplied.
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By Erica L. Green, Jessica Anderson, Frederick N. Rasmussen and Ed Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2011
Dozens of Anne Arundel County firefighters battled throughout the night to contain a five-alarm blaze that broke out just south of Odenton on Saturday, said Capt. James Rostek, spokesman for the fire department. "We've been hitting hot spots all night long and the battle continues," Rostek said Sunday morning. High winds that drove the flames Saturday had died down by Sunday morning. However, by Sunday morning the amount of affected land had grown from about 100 acres to between 200 and 300 acres, Rostek said.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1997
A Marley couple awakened by the smell of smoke yesterday escaped a fire that ripped through their home on Northdale Drive.The fire, which started about 9: 30 a.m. on an enclosed porch that had been converted to a spare room, caused an estimated $115,000 damage to the house, according to EMS/Fire/Rescue spokesman John Scholz.He said the cause was electrical, but did not elaborate.Rose and Harry Simmont Jr. said they had been asleep in an adjoining room when they smelled the smoke."I opened the shade, and it looked like flames and thick smoke so we got out," Harry Simmont, a retired Baltimore police lieutenant said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2010
Firefighters continue to investigate the cause of a Tuesday night fire involving a 270-foot long Coast Guard boat. Lt. Cliff Kooser, spokesman with the Anne Arundel County fire department, said about 47 firefighters were called at 10:32 p.m. to a dry dock in the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard, where smoke coming from the hull of the ship. Kooser said the firefighters had to climb up four stories to get inside the boat that was in the dry dock and then travel down three floors to the third level of the main deck.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2010
Some customers are still without power while Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. crews work to repair in Little Italy after a fire Sunday morning, a company spokeswoman said. The utility restored service to 80 customers at 3:45 a.m., said Linda Foy. A remaining 43 customers may remain without power until early Tuesday because they supplied directly by the underground electric cable and transformers that are being replaced, she said. Witnesses spotted flames rising from a manhole at about 6 a.m. Sunday, fire officials said.
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