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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 29, 2012
Fire investigators are looking into two suspicious fires involving an automobile and a motorcycle in the same Havre de Grace neighborhood, both at about the same time early Sunday morning. One fire occurred around 2 a.m. in the passenger compartment of a 2006 Mazda 3 in the 700 block of North Adams Street, according to a notice of investigation from the State Fire Marshal's Office. Firefighters from the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace controlled the fire within 10 minutes.
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By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A large commercial building was damaged in a two-alarm fire Friday night, Anne Arundel Fire Department said. Firefighters got the fire under control at 10:30 p.m., about an hour after they were called to the 600 block of Pittman Road, said Lt. Craig Oldershaw, a department spokesman. Oldershaw said fire investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze in one part of what he described as a large manufacturing building. Hazarous materials personnel also responded because of the presence of a compound, manganese oxide, in the building.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1997
State police and fire investigators were reviewing physical evidence yesterday -- seeking answers to a standoff that resulted in the fatal shooting Tuesday morning of a Woodbine man.Daniel E. James, 33, was shot by state troopers about 9 1/2 hours after four teen-agers reported seeing an armed man walking around a blazing fire at his parents' home in the 6500 block of Day View Drive.State police and fire marshals are investigating the shooting and the cause of the fire. An internal-affairs review of troopers' actions also is under way.Authorities said the incident began about 11 p.m. Monday.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
The director of Baltimore's Environmental Control Board was fired Friday amid an investigation by the city's inspector general into payroll issues. Attorney Sandra E. Baker, who had worked in city government for 13 years, was dismissed after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake received "notification from the inspector general's office indicating discrepancies between hours billed to the city and actual hours worked," said Rawlings-Blake's spokesman, Kevin Harris. "The inspector general's findings were of a severe enough nature that the mayor decided immediate termination was the most appropriate response.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
Baltimore County police identified on Monday the 80-year-old Reisterstown woman who was killed over the weekend after flames engulfed her bedroom. Police said Carolyn H. Conrad died in her home at the 400 block of Main Street Saturday afternoon. Firefighters were called around 4 p.m., where they found smoke was showing from a back bedroom. It took 40 firefighters about 20 minutes to control the single alarm blaze. Arson investigators say the fire was accidental but they are still investigating its cause and origin.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1995
The probe into the nine-alarm Clipper Industrial Park fire that killed a Baltimore firefighter has all but stalled, with investigators divided on the cause and police unhappy with what they call an incomplete investigation that left them little to work with.While top fire officials insist the Sept. 16 blaze was set intentionally and are waiting for police to establish a motive and make an arrest, sources in the fire and police departments complain they are chasing a "ghost arsonist" created to divert attention from a dead firefighter.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | March 18, 1997
City fire investigators have determined that the fire that killed six children two weeks ago was started by a power strip, a rectangular box with several electrical outlets that plugs into a wall outlet.The fire, which broke out shortly after midnight March 3 in the living room of a rowhouse in the 600 block of N. Lakewood Ave. in East Baltimore, caused thick smoke that smothered the children, who were sleeping in a second-floor bedroom. The fire killed Brandon Allen, 12, Bradley Walker, 9, Joseph Miller, 7, Frederick Ebanks 3rd, 5, Ernest Ebanks 3rd, 2, and Sharkira Walker, 2.Frederick Ebanks Jr., 27, had told fire investigators that the living room television set had been left on all night, and that became a focus of the investigation.
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By Jessica Anderson and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2010
Neighbors of a 19-year-old who was charged with murder after police say he confessed to killing a 61-year-old neighbor and setting her home on fire say they had no indication that the friendly teen was capable of violence. Jeremy Dale Richards of the 3100 block of Gartside Ave. in the Windsor Mill area told Baltimore County police detectives Thursday that he stole neighbor Minnie Pearl Robinson's purse, taking $20 and a cell phone from her pocketbook, then set her home on fire, according to court records.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 15, 2014
A fire that started as a result of a home repair gone bad damaged a Bel Air home early Friday afternoon, fire investigators said. The fire was reported at 1:27 p.m. in a single story, brick rancher in the first block of Huntington Place off West Ring Factory Road, about a mile south of the Bel Air town limits. According to initial Harford County emergency radio dispatches, smoke was coming from a wall inside the home. According to the notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the homeowner had drilled a hole in an exterior wall of the home in hopes of installing a new water spigot.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2004
A special investigator from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will join Annapolis firefighters today in trying to determine the cause of an explosion late Tuesday near the Banneker-Douglass Museum. The Franklin Street museum - the first in the state devoted to African-American history - did not sustain any significant damage from the explosion and ensuing fire, said Battalion Chief Michael Lonergan, spokesman for the Annapolis Fire Department. The museum is undergoing a $5.5 million renovation and expansion, and fire investigators believe that the explosion occurred at one of the construction work sites.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
A Glen Burnie man accused of endangering his neighbors by building bombs in his home pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge Thursday. Todd Wheeler Jr. could receive up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in September. After his federal conviction, Anne Arundel County prosecutors are expected to drop more than 20 state charges that Wheeler built and owned explosive devices. The federal firearms charge stemmed from a pistol, flare launcher, signal launcher and homemade devices that investigators found in Wheeler's home in the Harundale neighborhood.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 15, 2014
A fire that started as a result of a home repair gone bad damaged a Bel Air home early Friday afternoon, fire investigators said. The fire was reported at 1:27 p.m. in a single story, brick rancher in the first block of Huntington Place off West Ring Factory Road, about a mile south of the Bel Air town limits. According to initial Harford County emergency radio dispatches, smoke was coming from a wall inside the home. According to the notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the homeowner had drilled a hole in an exterior wall of the home in hopes of installing a new water spigot.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Two dogs died and a third had serious burn injuries from a fire in a home in South Baltimore Wednesday evening, according to the fire department. A firefighter also suffered minor injuries from a fall while fighting the blaze in the 2500 block of Huron St. in Mount Winans around 5 p.m. He was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment. The family got out of the home without injuries, and a fourth dog was uninjured. After neutralizing the fire, firefighters went inside, where they found the pets in their crates, department spokesman Ian Brennan said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
A Glen Burnie man accused of endangering his neighbors by building bombs in his home was indicted Friday by an Anne Arundel County grand jury on additional criminal charges. Todd Dwight Wheeler, 28, faces a list of charges including nine counts of possessing a destructive device, nine counts of manufacturing a destructive device, three counts of possession of materials to make a destructive device, possession of a machine gun for an aggressive purpose, reckless endangerment, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
Fire investigators found cigarettes and a lighter in the hospital bed of a man who died in a fire at University of Maryland Medical Center, but the cause of the fire has not been conclusively determined, a report of the incident shows. The report provides the first information released in the Nov. 8 death of William Turner, 53, at the downtown Baltimore hospital. An autopsy earlier determined that Turner died of smoke inhalation and burns that caused complications to his underlying hypertensive cardiovascular disease.
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By Colin Campbell and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
Baltimore's fire department is investigating the circumstances of a fire at the University of Maryland Medical Center that left a patient dead. Mary Lynn Carver, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said the fire late Friday night was contained to one patient's room and quickly extinguished. No one else was injured, she said. The circumstances of the fire and cause of death are both under investigation, fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said. Fire investigators refused to speculate about the cause, he said.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
A February fire that killed a 45-year-old man in Elkridge has been classified as a homicide, Howard County police said yesterday.The decision came after an autopsy by the state medical examiner in June, but the Police Department did not announce it formally until crime statistics were released Wednesday. It is the only death classified as a homicide this year in Howard County.John Henry Jacobs was killed in the Feb. 10 fire that severely damaged his house in the 5800 block of Race Road, police said.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 31, 2013
A Forest Hill gas station suffered extensive fire damage after a dirt bike crashed into the building, fire investigators and the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company said. The fire at Forest Hill Exxon, at 2000 Rock Spring Road, was reported at 11:19 p.m., according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, which said the building was closed at the time. On its Facebook page, the Bel Air VFC posted: "A dirt bike crashed into the building, catching fire and the fire then extended inside.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
Anne Arundel County authorities are looking for three women caught on surveillance video at Glen Burnie High School after a baseball dugout caught fire early Saturday morning. Fire officials said three women, between the ages 16 to 25, were captured on the school's surveillance cameras near the athletic field after the blaze broke out around 4:25 a.m. Firefighters brought the fire under control in less than an hour. No injuries were reported. Damage to the dugout is estimated at $6,000.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 5, 2013
A mattress was set against a wooden fence in Edgewood early Tuesday morning and set on fire, fire investigators said. The fire, which caused an estimated $1,000 in damage, was set along a fence to the rear of a home in the 800 block of Sailboat Court. It was reported at 2:02 a.m., according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Ten firefighters extinguished the fire in 10 minutes, according to the notice. Anyone with information is asked to call the fire marshal's office, 410-836-4844.
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