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February 7, 2008
Feb. 7 1904 A fire began in Baltimore that raged for about 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings.
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By Julie Scharper | August 23, 2008
A two-alarm fire damaged an office building in Govans last night but did not injure anyone, fire officials said. The fire began about 10:15 p.m. in the York-Belvedere Medical Center in the 5800 block of York Road, said Fire Department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright. The fire damaged much of the second floor and part of the third. A crack appeared in the exterior of the stone building, which prompted firefighters to evacuate, Cartwright said. No one appeared to be in the building when the fire erupted, Cartwright said.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1999
A brush fire at Aberdeen Proving Ground sent clouds of smoke wafting over much of the northeast part of Harford County yesterday, officials said.About 700 acres burned at Aberdeen Proving Ground after a test round sparked a fire at the military installation. Gary Holloway, a spokesman at APG, said the fire began at 9: 41 a.m. and burned most of the day."Two helicopters were brought in [to fight the fire], and seven pieces of ground equipment were used," Holloway said.Holloway said APG firefighters worked with Aberdeen firefighters to bring the blaze under control about 6 p.m. Containers of water were flown in and dumped on the area to help douse the fire, he said.
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May 23, 2008
A man who was injured in a fire in his Carroll County house Wednesday died of his injuries yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, the state fire marshal's office said. Daniel Merchant, 47, was found by firefighters lying on his dining room floor when they responded to the fire about 1:30 p.m. at his two-story wood-frame house in the 7500 block of Middleburg Road in Detour. Merchant suffered smoke inhalation and was taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Shock Trauma.
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By Julie Scharper | August 23, 2008
A two-alarm fire damaged an office building in Govans last night but did not injure anyone, fire officials said. The fire began about 10:15 p.m. in the York-Belvedere Medical Center in the 5800 block of York Road, said Fire Department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright. The fire damaged much of the second floor and part of the third. A crack appeared in the exterior of the stone building, which prompted firefighters to evacuate, Cartwright said. No one appeared to be in the building when the fire erupted, Cartwright said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 12, 1999
Two men killed in a Harford County fire early Sunday were identified yesterday by state fire officials, who continued to investigate the blaze.Mohammed Afzal, 42, and Riaz Hussain, 44, died of smoke inhalation from the fire at the apartment they shared in the 1600 block of Denise Drive in Forest Hill, fire officials said. The men were from Pakistan and worked at a gas station.The fire began at 5: 30 a.m. and forced one resident of the three-story, six-apartment building to jump from her apartment, breaking an arm. Damage to the building was estimated at $400,000.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | March 10, 1993
A one-alarm fire in an apartment house last night forced the evacuation of 14 people, none of whom was injured, Howard County fire officials said.All of the displaced residents at 5854 Stevens Forest Road in Oakland Mills will be given temporary housing, said fire Lt. Jeff King.Lieutenant King said the fire began in a third-floor apartment and was reported at 9:16 p.m.One adult and five children who lived in the apartment escaped before flames raced through the dwelling, he said.Ghyslaine Leone, who resided in an adjoining apartment in the brick building, said she was watching television with her two children when someone banged on their front door and yelled there was a fire.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 4, 2005
Two house fires, one in Odenton and the other in Maryland City, displaced six county residents over the weekend, Anne Arundel fire officials said yesterday. Lt. George Wiseman, a Fire Department spokesman, said investigators had not determined the causes of the fires but that electrical problems could be to blame. The first fire began in Odenton about 8:45 a.m. Sunday, in the laundry room of a single-family house on Rita Drive. Residents George Nardone, 90, and Rosemary Nardone, 81, and their daughter, whose name was unavailable yesterday, escaped without injury.
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By Charles R. Wolpoff and Charles R. Wolpoff,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | December 21, 1995
A sprinkler system helped prevent an Elkridge apartment fire from spreading Tuesday night, but three apartment were damaged, county fire officials said yesterday.The fire began about 11:15 p.m. at the Windsor at Pine Ridge Apartments in the 7100 block of Ducketts Lane. No one was at home in the apartment unit where the fire began.The blaze caused fire, smoke and water damage to a third-floor apartment, said Lt. David Carroll, spokesman for the Department of Fire and Rescue. Two apartments on the second floor sustained water damage, he said.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | May 29, 2007
A Memorial Day barbecue ignited a blaze that severely damaged two townhouses in White Marsh yesterday and sent two firefighters to hospitals with minor injuries and heat exhaustion, the Baltimore County Fire Department said. The two-alarm fire started about 1 p.m. in the 5000 block of Kemsley Court when a propane grill on a third-floor deck caught fire, exploded and sent flames onto a neighboring house, fire officials said. It took 24 firefighters, eight engines and three trucks about an hour and a half to quell the flames, fire officials said.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,Sun reporter | March 4, 2008
A four-alarm blaze in the Woodlawn area yesterday afternoon destroyed two apartment buildings in a residential neighborhood and sent five firefighters to the hospital with heat exhaustion, burns and other minor injuries, Baltimore County fire officials said. Another man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, fire officials said. The man's injury was not believed to be serious. The fire began about 2:30 p.m. in the first block of Giard Drive at the Queens Ridge Apartments. Elise Armacost, a Fire Department spokeswoman, said the burned buildings contained 11 apartments each, and that no residents had been reported missing as of last night.
FEATURES
February 7, 2008
Feb. 7 1904 A fire began in Baltimore that raged for about 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings.
NEWS
November 7, 2007
Woman dies of injuries in fire near Lansdowne A woman died yesterday of injuries she suffered in an early-morning fire in a Baltimore County home owned by a member of the county Fire Department, officials said. The fire began at 1:15 a.m. in a two-story bungalow in the 2700 block of Alderwood Ave. in the English Consul area near Lansdowne, officials said. The woman was trapped in an upstairs bedroom and was in cardiac arrest when firefighters, who encountered heavy smoke, pulled her from the house, according to fire officials.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | May 29, 2007
A Memorial Day barbecue ignited a blaze that severely damaged two townhouses in White Marsh yesterday and sent two firefighters to hospitals with minor injuries and heat exhaustion, the Baltimore County Fire Department said. The two-alarm fire started about 1 p.m. in the 5000 block of Kemsley Court when a propane grill on a third-floor deck caught fire, exploded and sent flames onto a neighboring house, fire officials said. It took 24 firefighters, eight engines and three trucks about an hour and a half to quell the flames, fire officials said.
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By Nicole Fuller and Gus G. Sentementes and Nicole Fuller and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN REPORTERS | May 23, 2007
In a chaotic few minutes, six lives were gone. Five never got out, one died at a hospital. Seven others were badly hurt - some clinging to life last night - in one of the deadliest fires in Baltimore's history. The tragedy unfolded yesterday morning on the city's east side, near Green Mount Cemetery, in a rented rowhouse packed with an extended family that the owner had tried to evict a month ago. There were a mother and a child who used a wheelchair, relatives and cousins, maybe friends.
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By JOHN FRITZE | February 20, 2006
A popular Carroll County restaurant and several upper-floor apartments were damaged yesterday in a blaze that brought 12 fire companies and more than 100 firefighters to Westminster's Main Street, officials said. The cause of the fire - in one of the oldest buildings in Westminster - was faulty wiring, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr. He estimated the damage at $1 million. Firefighters were called to Fat Cat Cafe at 5:18 a.m., and had the blaze under control by 7 a.m., said Bob Cumberland of the Westminster Fire Department.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF | January 19, 1996
Ashes cleaned from a fireplace ignited in an Ellicott City home while residents were away Wednesday night, causing $50,000 in damage, Howard County fire officials said.The fire began after the ashes were left unattended in the house in the 2400 block of Sunset Farm Road. When one of the residents returned home and opened the front door, she encountered heavy smoke.Firefighters arrived at 9:19 p.m. and were able to confine the fire to the back of the house. The fire was extinguished 11:16 p.m., fire officials said.
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October 27, 1993
A Taneytown building that housed two small businesses caught fire Monday night when fumes from an unidentified substance were ignited by a cigarette.No one was injured in the fire, which started shortly before 11 p.m. at the Ridenour Service Center, 230 Roberts Mills Run.Officials said the fire began when an employee lighted a cigarette near a flammable solvent in the auto repair and assembly shop.A state fire marshal reported that the fire, which is being considered an accident, caused $5,000 worth of damage.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 4, 2005
Two house fires, one in Odenton and the other in Maryland City, displaced six county residents over the weekend, Anne Arundel fire officials said yesterday. Lt. George Wiseman, a Fire Department spokesman, said investigators had not determined the causes of the fires but that electrical problems could be to blame. The first fire began in Odenton about 8:45 a.m. Sunday, in the laundry room of a single-family house on Rita Drive. Residents George Nardone, 90, and Rosemary Nardone, 81, and their daughter, whose name was unavailable yesterday, escaped without injury.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2004
A century later almost to the moment, Mayor Martin O'Malley, Fire Chief William J. Goodwin Jr. and other city fire officials commemorated yesterday the day a fearsome blaze began burning down vast swaths of downtown Baltimore. The outdoor centennial ceremony on Hopkins Place marked the time - 10:48 a.m. - that the fire began Feb. 7, 1904, by re-enacting telegraph messages sent to signal boxes in the city. The signals calling for all firefighters to report for duty were translated into English for those not versed in Morse code.
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