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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
The family of a boy killed after a natural gas explosion has sued Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., alleging that it ignored its failing pipes that leaked the gas and triggered the explosion. Troy Douglas, 8, was killed in February as he was walking home from William Paca Elementary School. A gas explosion inside an end-unit rowhouse blew out about three-quarters of its side wall, sending bricks and debris into the street and triggering a large fire. The boy's body was found crushed underneath a section of the wall, city Fire Department investigators wrote in a report.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. confirmed Thursday that it has settled a lawsuit brought by residents of an East Baltimore rowhouse partially destroyed in a gas explosion and the family of an 8-year-old boy who was killed in the blast. The family of Troy Douglas, the boy who was killed, and Henry Gaither and Danelle White, who lived in the house in the 400 block of N. Lakewood Ave., sued BGE in May over the explosion. The suit filed by Troy's family alleged that the company had failed to properly maintain its gas lines.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1997
Liability for a 1995 natural gas explosion that ripped apart a vacant Westminster house and severely damaged dozens of neighboring homes has been settled by lawyers for 10 defendants and 36 plaintiffs, court officials said yesterday.The pretrial agreement was accepted Oct. 8 by Donald J. Gilmore, a retired Circuit Court judge called upon to hear the complex civil lawsuit, according to Carroll County Circuit Court records. The agreement means that a lengthy jury trial that was scheduled to begin Monday was avoided.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
The family of a boy killed after a natural gas explosion has sued Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., alleging that it ignored its failing pipes that leaked the gas and triggered the explosion. Troy Douglas, 8, was killed in February as he was walking home from William Paca Elementary School. A gas explosion inside an end-unit rowhouse blew out about three-quarters of its side wall, sending bricks and debris into the street and triggering a large fire. The boy's body was found crushed underneath a section of the wall, city Fire Department investigators wrote in a report.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | May 14, 1993
A gas explosion rocked an Oakland Mills apartment building yesterday morning, triggering a blaze that left at least six families homeless.The fire slightly injured two people and caused property damage of at least $400,000, fire officials said."
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By DARREN M. ALLEN and DARREN M. ALLEN,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1995
After paying out more than $1.2 million in claims to 40 homeowners in a Westminster neighborhood that was damaged a natural gas explosion last winter, 16 insurance companies ++ want their money back from those they say caused the blast.The insurers of homes in Autumn Ridge filed a lawsuit in Carroll Circuit Court last week claiming that the Jan. 19 explosion -- which destroyed a vacant house and damaged more than 60 others -- was caused by negligence on the part of a Howard County company that was digging a trench for Prestige Cable Television of Maryland Inc.In addition to Reid Oliver, the subcontractor who was digging the trench that morning, and Prestige, the suit names as a defendant Maryland Underground Inc., the contractor hired by Prestige to lay television cable.
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February 13, 1992
A two-alarm fire early today destroyed a vacant apartment building in the Cecil county town of Perryville.State Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Thomas said the fire, which caused an estimated $150,000 damage, was intentionally set."The building was being renovated and no one was living there at the time," Mr. Thomas said.The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. at the three-story, frame building that occupies 301 to 317 Broad St.Mr. Thomas said 45 firefighters from Cecil and Harford counties battled the fire.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
WEATHER: Blustery, with wind chills making temperatures rarely feel warmer than the mid-20s.  TRAFFIC:   Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues. TOP NEWS Hopkins patients come forward as investigation into secret taping continues : Fearing that a Johns Hopkins gynecologist secretly videotaped and photographed them, nearly 100 women contacted police Tuesday, and some potential victims reached out to private attorneys contemplating legal action.
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By Sheridan Lyons | October 3, 1990
Investigators seeking to pinpoint the cause of a natural gas explosion Monday that killed an elderly Irvington woman focused their attention yesterday on the gas stove that was found on top of her when rescue workers dug her body from the rubble."
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By This article was written and reported by Sun staff writer Darren M. Allen. Staff writers Donna E. Boller, Anne Haddad, Kerry O'Rourke, Bill Talbott and contributing writer Ellie Baublitz assisted | January 20, 1995
A natural gas explosion ripped apart a vacant Westminster house yesterday afternoon, severely damaging dozens of neighboring homes and spreading debris more than a mile away.No one was injured, officials said.Nearly 100 families were evacuated after the 1:18 p.m. blast, and at least 50 homes were damaged -- 20 of them seriously enough to be declared uninhabitable by county housing inspectors.Residents were not allowed to return to their homes last night.The Autumn Ridge neighborhood was strewn with garage doors, shattered windows, ripped insulation and aluminum siding, while all that was left of the house at 90 Sunshine Way was a smoldering pile of wood, brick and aluminum.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
City officials this weekend dedicated a portion of Jefferson Street in East Baltimore to honor Troy Douglas - an 8-year-old boy who was killed following a gas explosion in February. His family spent Sunday afternoon singing "Happy Birthday" at his graveside at King Memorial Park. He would have been 9. "He was a regular, 8-year-old kid," his mother, Shanika Brown, said. "His life got taken from him. It wasn't his fault. " Brown and Troy's father, also named Troy Douglas, are separated, but they and a dozen other relatives gathered at Brown's McElderry Park home after visiting the cemetery.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
WEATHER: Blustery, with wind chills making temperatures rarely feel warmer than the mid-20s.  TRAFFIC:   Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues. TOP NEWS Hopkins patients come forward as investigation into secret taping continues : Fearing that a Johns Hopkins gynecologist secretly videotaped and photographed them, nearly 100 women contacted police Tuesday, and some potential victims reached out to private attorneys contemplating legal action.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 27, 2003
WANZHOU, China - Rescue workers searched for survivors as well as more bodies yesterday in the wake of a poisonous cloud from a natural gas explosion that left what state news media described as a "death zone." More than 40,000 people were evacuated, and witnesses described fields containing the lifeless bodies of people and animals. State television showed evacuees crowding into emergency shelters throughout this mountainous section of southwestern China. In makeshift clinics, doctors - many from surrounding cities - were treating villagers who lived near the explosion site for poisoning, burns and respiratory problems.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2002
An Essex man was seriously injured and his house nearly destroyed Sunday night when leaking gas ignited. The explosion occurred just after 11 p.m., a few hours after another gas leak in the Lower Eastern Shore town of Snow Hill killed a utility worker and injured 17 people. Matthew Wedderin, 47, was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with first- and second-degree burns to his face, hands and back. Wedderin was the sole occupant of the house in the 500 block of Welbrook Road at the time of the explosion.
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By Chris Guy and Jennifer McMenamin and Chris Guy and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2002
SNOW HILL - Residents of this 360-year-old river town awoke yesterday to the surreal scene of police and fire investigators in dense fog, searching through a crumpled wood-frame house for the cause of a propane explosion that killed a utility worker and injured 17 people, including 13 volunteer firefighters. While investigators worked to pin down a cause, the community came together to support the injured, mourn the death of Ignatius D. Saienni, and look over the site of the explosion that demolished the home of Sadie Dryden, 87. For Dryden, the first whiff of trouble come about 5 p.m. Sunday.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 26, 2001
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 is one of the most infamous events in civil rights history, and yet yesterday, prosecutors presented two expert witnesses to testify that the explosion that killed four black girls was caused by a bomb. Prosecutors said they needed two FBI agents to verify that a bomb - rather than an accident such as a gas explosion - caused the deaths of the girls as part of their case charging former Ku Klux Klansman Thomas Blanton Jr., 62, with murder.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | February 12, 1995
Carroll County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown said Friday that he wants the county to study whether its agencies could help prevent a gas explosion like the one that wrecked a Westminster neighborhood last month."
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. confirmed Thursday that it has settled a lawsuit brought by residents of an East Baltimore rowhouse partially destroyed in a gas explosion and the family of an 8-year-old boy who was killed in the blast. The family of Troy Douglas, the boy who was killed, and Henry Gaither and Danelle White, who lived in the house in the 400 block of N. Lakewood Ave., sued BGE in May over the explosion. The suit filed by Troy's family alleged that the company had failed to properly maintain its gas lines.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Rafael Alvarez and Nancy A. Youssef and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2000
A 72-year-old Anne Arundel County woman died last night and two others were injured in an apparent propane explosion that leveled the family's house in the 300 block of Poplar Road in Millersville. Anne Arundel County fire officials said Betty Sawyer was thrown from the split-level house - the roof lay in the middle of the debris - into the front yard about 7:10 p.m. last night and was pronounced dead at the scene. Also injured in the blast were Sawyer's husband, Robert, 74, and the couple's 40-year-old son, Thomas Nelson Sawyer - known as Nelson - who family members said was doing work in the basement when the explosion occurred.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 11, 2000
Firefighters responded to a report of a gas leak and explosion at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg yesterday. The initial report said an odor of propane was detected inside and outside the Kmart garage at the shopping mall. One employee was overcome by the odor and taken to the hospital, officials said. The employee was not identified. Firefighters using devices that detect gas leaks found no evidence of propane and no evidence of an explosion, said Lt. Ken Fischer of Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department.
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