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By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Sun reporter | September 9, 2006
During his 23 years with the New York City fire department, Ron Bucca lifted people out of elevator shafts, carried them from subway tunnels and dragged them out of rivers. People's lives depended on his clear head and steady hand in a crisis. Five years ago this Monday, Bucca arrived at the South Tower of the World Trade Center as smoke gushed out of its upper floors. He climbed the stairs up to the burning 78th-floor sky lounge, where scores were injured. As he started to fight the fire, the building collapsed.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 19, 2013
Deputy state fire marshals have arrested a second person in connection with the intentional burning of a car in Aberdeen in November. Brenden Anthony Johnson, 20, turned himself in March 13 at the Harford County Detention Center, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, which said investigators had served Johnson with an arrest warrant for his involvement in the burning of the vehicle. According to Maryland electronic court records, Johnson, whose address is listed in the 4200 block of Cowan Place in Belcamp, is charged with second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF | December 28, 1995
A fire caused by a clothes dryer gutted a Columbia home Tuesday, displacing a family of three, Howard County Fire and Rescue officials reported yesterday.Curtis Chapman, the owner of the home in the 8900 block of Blue Pool Lane in Columbia's Long Reach village, and two other residents were forced outside into the cold afternoon, but no one was injured.Red Cross officials helped them find temporary shelter, fire officials said.About 3 p.m. Tuesday, fire reportedly shot out of a basement dryer when one of the residents opened it to take out clothing.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 26, 2013
Firefighters were sent to put out a fire at an Abingdon home early Friday morning that investigators say was caused by a "misplacement of ashes from the fireplace," the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire at the single family home in the 900 block of Harvey Lane was reported shortly after 12:30 a.m. by a neighbor, according to a notice of investigation from the Fire Marshal's Office. The fire was brought under control in five minutes by 11 firefighters who responded from the Abingdon and Joppa-Magnolia volunteer fire companies, the Fire Marshal's Office said.
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October 24, 1994
FIRE* Sykesville: Engines from Sykesville, Winfield and West Friendship of Howard County responded to a shed fire in the 500 block of Obrecht Road at 11:29 a.m. Friday. Firefighters called for an investigator from the state fire marshal's office to determine the cause. Units were out for nearly 1 1/2 hours.* Gamber: Engines from Gamber, Reese and Sykesville were dispatched to a house fire in the 700 block of Klee Mill Road at 8:25 a.m. Friday. Units were out for 25 minutes.
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September 3, 1998
7FiresReese: Firefighters from Reese, Gamber and Westminster, and the state fire marshal's office, responded at 7: 10 p.m. Tuesday to a snowball stand fire in the 2400 block of Baltimore Blvd. Units were out one hour.Westminster: Firefighters responded at 10: 32 a.m. Tuesday to an odor of gas in the 400 block of E. Main St. Units were out 30 minutes.PoliceWestminster: A resident of Pennsylvania Avenue reporteTuesday that someone broke into his home and took property valued at $100.Pub Date: 9/03/98
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December 16, 1998
FireHampstead: Firefighters responded at 5: 34 p.m. Monday to a woods fire in the 2400 block of Fairmount Road. Units were out one hour.Hampstead: Firefighters from Hampstead, Manchester, Arcadia and the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office responded at 5: 26 p.m. Monday to a kitchen fire in the 2700 block of Elizabeth Drive. Units were out one hour and 36 minutes.Manchester: Firefighters from Manchester and Westminster responded at 7: 34 a.m. Monday to a fire alarm on Goldsmith Drive. Units were out one hour.
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March 21, 2000
Blaze that destroyed auto was arson, officials say A fire that destroyed a 1995 Ford Contour on Saturday night was caused by arson, state fire marshals said. The car was reported stolen soon after the blaze was observed by a resident about 9: 50 p.m. The abandoned car was in a wooded area near Flickinger Road and Silver Meadow Lane, northwest of Westminster, authorities said. Damage was estimated at $10,000. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the fire marshal's office in Westminster at 410-875-5450.
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April 25, 2000
Fire Pleasant Valley: Firefighters from Pleasant Valley, Taneytown, Westminster, New Windsor, Union Bridge, Winfield and the state fire marshal's office responded at 10: 50 p.m. Saturday to a two-alarm chimney fire in the 2800 block of Old Taneytown Road.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | November 17, 2000
A fire inspector has found numerous safety violations at the antiquated Cheltenham Youth Facility, prompting charges that the state is putting children at risk of being trapped in the event of a fire. After inspections Oct. 17 and Nov. 9, Roy Mesler of the state Fire Marshal's Office reported finding failures of equipment and preparedness. Though it is in southern Prince George's County, Cheltenham is the facility that houses most detained juveniles from Baltimore. Meanwhile, as a result of two years of prodding by the fire marshal, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice has awarded a contract worth nearly $1 million to install sprinkler systems in the 128-year-old facility that department Secretary Bishop L. Robinson said six months ago he wants to raze.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 22, 2013
Two boys were arrested and charged in connection with a car fire in Edgewood Friday that investigators say was deliberately set. Shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a vehicle fire in the 400 block of Edgewood Road, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The fire involved a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier which was parked at the rear of a commercial property, the Fire Marshal's Office said in a media release. Four firefighters were able to control the fire in 10 minutes.
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January 15, 2013
A shed and two abandoned cars were destroyed by a fire in Street Tuesday morning, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The shed, in the 3700 block of Bay Road, was occupied by a man, Dannie Ellis, when it accidentally caught fire at about 9:05 a.m., according to the notice of investigation from the Fire Marshal's Office. "An extension cord was spliced into the Romex wire located at the base of the shed," the notice of investigation states. "This splice ignited nearby combustibles, extending and eventually consuming the shed.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 15, 2013
A student was arrested and charged in connection with a false fire alarm at Aberdeen Middle School Tuesday afternoon, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm at the school in the 100 block of Mount Royal Avenue at 1:50 p.m., according to a notice of investigation from the Fire Marshal's Office. Responding firefighters found an automatic alarm had activated, but not the school's sprinkler system. The Aberdeen Police Department also responded.
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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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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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September 28, 2009
White Marsh woman dies in townhouse fire A single-alarm fire that claimed the life of a White Marsh woman late Saturday night remains under investigation, said a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Fire Department. The woman's name was being withheld pending notification of family members, said Elise Armacost, the spokeswoman. However, Christine Gallagher, who lives next door to the victim, identified her as Kathy Hall, about 62, and a part-time teacher at a county middle school. Gallagher said Hall lived alone and described her as a "pleasant and quiet person."
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July 31, 2001
At least 4,000 Ravens fans flock to first practice day The Baltimore Ravens' first day of practice drew about 4,000 to 4,500 fans to Westminster and went off as planned yesterday. "It seemed like parking went well," said Don Schumaker, spokesman for Western Maryland College, the site of the training camp. "Everybody found a spot." Businesses in downtown Westminster reported heavier foot traffic than usual, with restaurants doing booming business at lunchtime, according to Thomas B. Beyard, director of planning and public works.
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November 5, 2008
Group to hold 5-kilometer, 1-mile fundraising runs PRINCESS ANNE - Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland will hold a 5-kilometer run and hike and a 1-mile fun run at 10:30 a.m. Saturday through Cromwell Valley Park. The fundraiser is taking place in partnership with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Baltimore Road Runners Club, organizers said. The run and hike will be cross country-style, and the walk will be wheelchair-accessible. T-shirts and prizes will be offered.
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By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,julie.scharper@baltsun.com | October 9, 2008
Fighting fires was a thrill for J. Robert Ray, but he has spent a lot of time sitting behind a desk. In three decades with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Ray has spent as much time planning, organizing and leading as fighting fires. He has supervised everything from the training academy to the emergency call center to the fire marshal's office. And last week Ray guaranteed himself even more time behind a desk, when he was sworn in as the county's ninth fire chief. "When I started, I really liked the excitement of fighting fires, but after 30 years your interests sort of evolve," said Ray, 52. For the past 10 years, Ray has served as one of the department's three deputy chiefs.
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