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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2010
Like many dogs, Mae likes a good couch, long walks and a scoop or two of her Purina Pro Plan. But unlike others, the 6-year-old yellow Lab can be called away from her warm futon to help fire investigators search charred debris for flammable liquids, helping to determine whether arson might be the cause of a blaze. Mae is one of a half-dozen "accelerant" detection dogs in the state called out to fire scenes as far away as Cumberland or the nation's capital — sometimes as additional alarms are called for a structure fire and sometimes weeks after the debris has been soaked in heavy rain.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Howard County Fire Chief William Goddard, members of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department and County Council Vice Chair Courtney Watson will gather Monday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m. for the groundbreaking of the new Elkridge fire station, being built on a 7.56-acre site at the corner of Montgomery Road and Bauman Drive in Elkridge. The new 33,757-foot building will cost an estimated $10 million to build, and will house fire and emergency medical services personnel and equipment. The two-story facility will feature six drive-thru apparatus bays, sleeping quarters for 23 people, a fitness training room, kitchen, dining room and other facilities, including an emergency short-term evacuation area.
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By Carrie Wells and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
A fire inside the former Seagram's plant in Dundalk on Saturday night remains under investigation after a man jumped three stories to escape the blaze and suffered life-threatening injuries, Baltimore County officials said. Investigators said Monday they still did not know what the man was doing at the vacant facility, and they plan to conduct more security checks there. Over the past five years, firefighters have responded to reports of fire there about a dozen times, said Elise Armacost, a county public safety spokeswoman.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Hearings began Monday on claims by BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport's former acting fire chief that he was unfairly terminated earlier this year after raising concerns about racial bias within the department. Gregory Lawrence, who is black, said he believes the Maryland Aviation Administration terminated him in March without due process after he raised concerns about an all-white recruit class. He said he feels the decision also was in retaliation for a previous discrimination case he brought against the department more than a decade ago. "I want to go back to work," Lawrence said Monday morning, prior to the start of several days of hearings scheduled in the case at the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 8, 2000
Authorities are investigating a fire and an "attempted burning" in Eldersburg late Wednesday that appear to be suspicious, according to fire officials. Firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road in Baltimore County battled a blaze at a vacant two-story house in the 1400 block of Liberty Road about 9:15 p.m., bringing it under control within about 15 minutes. The wooden structure had been boarded up and unoccupied for at least 10 years, fire marshals said. Because of its condition, no damage estimate was assessed.
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March 16, 2003
Fire officials yesterday continued to investigate the cause of a blaze at a city-owned senior citizens' building in North Baltimore that killed a man and injured five other people. The identity of the man who died in the fire Friday night was not available yesterday. The five other victims were released from area hospitals after receiving treatment for minor injuries, smoke inhalation and burns, said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman This was the second fatal fire to occur this year at Lakeview Towers, a twin-tower complex.
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April 24, 2001
A two-alarm fire injured two people and caused extensive damage to an apartment complex in Howard County early Saturday. Fire officials blamed a cigarette discarded in a pot containing a Christmas tree. A resident of an apartment in the 10000 block of Hickory Ridge Road called 911 at 5:46 a.m. after a smoke detector signaled a fire on her balcony. By the time fire crews arrived at 5:52 a.m., flames had engulfed 30 percent of the three-story building. A second alarm was called at 6 a.m., and it took 70 firefighters nearly a half-hour to control the blaze.
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June 6, 1991
Baltimore fire officials are concerned that an effort to encourage early retirements to save payroll costs may backfire as potential retirees wait and see what inducements the city will offer.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who has proposed saving $220,000 from the fire department's fiscal 1992 budget by eliminating 18 captain positions and replacing them with lieutenant positions, had hoped that enough fire department personnel would retire this year that there would be no need to actually demote people.
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By Tom Gutting and Tom Gutting,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2001
City fire officials yesterday renewed pleas for parents to make sure their homes are equipped with smoke detectors, a day after an 11-year-old boy died in a rowhouse fire in West Baltimore. Investigators announced yesterday that the house where Aaron Hodges died Sunday morning did not have a smoke detector. Investigators had not determined what started the fire, which caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to the rowhouse on the 2500 block of W. Fairmount Ave., said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2013
Baltimore County fire officials have temporarily suspended a search that failed to turn up a 26-year-old man reported missing Saturday afternoon after falling from his kayak in Gunpowder Falls. The 26-year-old man was reported missing around 4:30 p.m. by a friend who was kayaking with him in the river near Belair Road, in Kingsville, according to Lt. Jay Ringgold, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Fire Department. Several crews were still on the scene at 8 p.m., but had not been able to locate the man, he said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Seven people were taken to hospitals after a pickup truck ran into an assisted living facility in Reisterstown Friday evening, Baltimore County fire department officials said. The truck ran into the building, in the 600 block of Main St., around 6:30 p.m. and struck a gas line. No fire or explosion was caused by the ruptured line. Five of the eight residents of the assisted living facility were taken to the hospital, two with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
One child was killed and eight others were injured by falling tree branches at a Christian summer camp in Carroll County during Tuesday night's storm, a fire department spokesman said. The children were on their way inside at River Valley Ranch in the 4400 block of Grave Run Rd. in Manchester around 7 p.m. when heavy winds brought branches from several trees down on top of them, said Donald Fair, public information officer for the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department. Fair called the storm "very sudden" and said it caused "massive damage to the trees" in the area.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
The 8-year-old boy who risked his life to save his younger brother and sister from their burning home in West Baltimore was to be taken off life support on Tuesday, family members said. Decerio Coley rescued his 4-year-old sister early Monday by throwing her from a window of their rowhome in the 300 block of N. Bruce St. and into the arms of onlookers below, according to city fire officials, family and neighbors. Decerio returned to the flames to try to save his 7-year-old brother, Sean McCullough.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
A resident and a firefighter suffered minor injuries in a fire in a Northeast Baltimore duplex early Tuesday morning, fire officials said. The fire broke out shortly before 2 a.m. in the 5900 block of Cedonia Ave. in the Cedmont neighborhood and was called under control about 40 minutes later. Both injured people were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where they are expected to recover. The cause of the fire is under investigation. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
A seriously injured woman was rescued from one of two boats that caught fire in Baltimore harbor Saturday afternoon, fire officials said. The boats were at the end of a dock near Aliceanna and President streets in Harbor East, said Fire Department spokesman Roman Clark. The fire started about 1 p.m., and firefighters had to cut through the hull of a vessel to get to the woman, who was trapped, he said. The woman, believed to be about 68 years old, is expected to survive, he said.
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March 8, 2014
A house fire in Carroll County on Friday resulted in an estimated $225,000 in damage and displaced the homeowner, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The fire occurred was reported at about 4:45 p.m. Friday in the 3500 block of East Lawndale Road in the Reisterstown area. It took about 45 minutes to control the blaze, the fire marshal's office said. The preliminary cause was listed as accidental; combustible items near a heating source. The owner was displaced and was being assisted by relatives, fire officials said.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Staff Writer John Rivera and William B. Talbott contributed to this story | March 12, 1992
A 4-year-old boy was critically burned last night when he apparently started a fire at his Barclay Street home while playing with a cigarette lighter, city fire officials said.The victim, Ricky Washington, was in critical condition today at the regional burn unit of Francis Scott Key Medical Center.A firefighter assigned to Truck Company 5 was slightly injured fighting the fire, which was brought under control in about 20 minutes.Fire officials said the boy was alone in a room at 2328 Barclay St. shortly after 9 p.m. when he set something afire with the lighter.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,SUN REPORTER | February 13, 2007
Baltimore fire officials agreed yesterday to stop igniting city buildings for training - a practice rarely used in large Northeastern cities because it is widely considered unsafe - until an investigation into the death of a cadet is complete. A Fire Department spokesman also said that other training practices will be re-examined to avoid further tragedies. The cadet, Racheal Wilson, 29, died Friday in a fire set by her instructors in a vacant rowhouse on South Calverton Road that was in a block slated for demolition.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
A Friday morning fire has displaced some residents at an Odenton apartment complex. At around 10 a.m., fire and smoke were seen coming from a third floor garden apartment unit at the Seven Oaks community in the 2100 block of Peaceful Way, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. It took 68 firefighters from Anne Arundel and Howard counties, Baltimore City and Fort Meade military base about three hours to get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported, but fire officials said it's unknown at this time how many people will need to be relocated.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Officials at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport announced the hiring of its fire-and-rescue department's first Hispanic fire chief Thursday, shortly after acknowledging that they had terminated its acting chief, an African-American, the day before. The hiring of Victor N. Ferreira Jr., a 52-year-old retired Prince George's County fire official, comes amid complaints about diversity within the airport's fire department, following the hiring of an all-white class of firefighter recruits last month.
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