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By Andrea F. Siegel | andrea.siegel@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 10, 2010
Officials are blaming a house fire in Pasadena Tuesday night on a portable space heater being too close to combustible furnishings. Firefighters called to a house in the 800 block of Old Mill Road shortly at 9:06 p.m. arrived seven minutes later to find heavy fire in a second-floor bedroom above a garage, Anne Arundel County Battalion Chief Steve Thompson said. No one was injured in the fire, he said. Twenty-nine firefighters brought the blaze under control by 9:42 p.m. Thompson said it appeared that a portable space heater was close to a bed and curtain.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
On a frigid Thursday morning in late January, Emanuel Taylor was swinging at shadows in the ring at Charm City Boxing, headquartered in a warehouse tucked away in an industrial park in White Marsh. As he got his morning workout in - he would return that evening for another - big black-and-white photos of boxing greats such as Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali eyeballed him. With the temperature in the teens, a few men with connections to Taylor or the Baltimore boxing scene huddled around a space heater and chatted as the speed and intensity of Taylor's punches picked up. Everyone in the gym seemed to have a story to share about how they or someone close to them could have been something special.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1998
A two-alarm fire yesterday morning in Columbia destroyed 20 apartments under construction, causing more than $2 million in damage.A space heater apparently ignited a fire in a stairwell, firefighters said.The fire, which started after midnight at The Gramercy complex near The Mall in Columbia, was controlled within an hour after firefighters arrived and was extinguished by 5: 30 a.m., said Capt. Michael Faith, spokesman for the Howard County Fire Department.Units from Prince George's County and Baltimore County also responded, Faith said.
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Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2012
A Maryland man is in critical condition after a house fire in Oxon Hill that caused more than $50,000 in damage.  A Prince George's County fire official says firefighters were called to a home in the 5100 block of Boulder Drive around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters evacuated an approximately 50-year-old man from the home. He was taken to the hospital with burns smoke inhalation injuries.  The man's wife was also taken to the hospital with symptoms of smoke inhalation. Officials say she is in fair condition.  Investigators believe the cause of the fire may be a kerosene space heater.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1996
A homeless man who was seen running from a Veterans Administration building in Severn carrying a space heater Sunday was arrested on burglary charges, county police said.Officer Thomas McBride had arrived at the building in the 8400 block of Jacobs Road in Severn shortly before 11 a.m. to check a report of a burglary and saw a man walking down the driveway with something under his arm, police said. The man ran when the squad car pulled up, police said.Officer McBride chased the man through nearby woods and called for help, police said.
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Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2012
A Maryland man is in critical condition after a house fire in Oxon Hill that caused more than $50,000 in damage.  A Prince George's County fire official says firefighters were called to a home in the 5100 block of Boulder Drive around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters evacuated an approximately 50-year-old man from the home. He was taken to the hospital with burns smoke inhalation injuries.  The man's wife was also taken to the hospital with symptoms of smoke inhalation. Officials say she is in fair condition.  Investigators believe the cause of the fire may be a kerosene space heater.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | November 11, 1993
A state fire marshal has determined that gasoline spilled from the tank of a car caused the two-alarm fire that destroyed a two-car garage and extensively damaged a home Tuesday night in the 1900 block of Suffolk Road.Bob Thomas, the chief deputy state fire marshal, said yesterday that the gasoline was ignited by a hot kerosene space heater in the garage, where owner Douglas Goodman, 40, was working on his 1985 Ford Mustang.The fire, which began about 7:30 p.m., quickly spread to the house and caused an estimated $100,000 damage before it was brought under control about an hour later.
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By William B. Talbott and Joe Nawrozki and William B. Talbott and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writers | April 20, 1992
A 71-year-old woman died and her husband was critically burned early today when a one-alarm fire -- apparently started by a kerosene space heater -- swept up the stairway of their southwest Baltimore rowhouse.The victim was pronounced dead on the scene, probably from smoke inhalation, investigators said. Her body was removed to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.The woman's 76-year-old husband suffered third-degree burns on his upper body and was listed in critical condition at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center's burn unit, spokeswoman Sandy Rachert said.
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By Susan McGrath and Susan McGrath,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | January 15, 1992
It's the season for a blazing fire, for goodies baking in the oven and bubbling on the stove top, for a crackling fire in thewood stove, and for the space heater and the furnace roaring around the clock.It's also the season for carbon monoxide poisoning.The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) attributes 200 deaths to carbon monoxide poisoning from home combustion appliances -- those very ones named above -- in the U.ited States every year. Hundreds more people suffer from milder cases of poisoning from fumes given off by their improperly functioning fuel-burning appliances.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | November 9, 1993
Some of the 15 residents who were forced out of three brick rowhouses in Westminster by a two-alarm fire early Sunday have found temporary lodging with family members while others have been placed in motels.Several have contacted the Department of Health and Human Services for long-term assistance, said Scott Knox, assistant director of Emergency Services of Central Maryland.Mr. Knox said the American Red Cross is assisting some of them with temporary housing, food and clothing.The fire started at 103 John St. and spread to 105 and 107 John St.More than 50 firefighters worked nearly 90 minutes to bring it under control.
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February 11, 2010
Officials are blaming a house fire in Pasadena Tuesday night on a portable space heater being too close to combustible furnishings. Firefighters called to a house in the 800 block of Old Mill Road at 9:06 p.m. arrived seven minutes later to find heavy fire in a second-floor bedroom above a garage, Anne Arundel County Battalion Chief Steve Thompson said. No one was injured in the fire, he said. Twenty-nine firefighters brought the blaze under control by 9:42 p.m. He said it appeared that a portable space heater was too close to a bed and curtain.
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By Douglas MacKinnon | December 7, 2000
WASHINGTON -- The first hints of winter are upon much of the nation and, tragically, so are stories of people who died in their homes from fires that started while they tried to stay warm. I don't know what the exact numbers are, but I do know that every winter, in any city that battles real cold, countless poor Americans have to make a cruel choice. Do they pay the rent and buy some food, or do they pay the electric bill or buy some heating oil? Sadly, the choice for too many results in no heat and an accidental death caused by a space heater, a kerosene heater or even candles.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1998
A two-alarm fire yesterday morning in Columbia destroyed 20 apartments under construction, causing more than $2 million in damage.A space heater apparently ignited a fire in a stairwell, firefighters said.The fire, which started after midnight at The Gramercy complex near The Mall in Columbia, was controlled within an hour after firefighters arrived and was extinguished by 5: 30 a.m., said Capt. Michael Faith, spokesman for the Howard County Fire Department.Units from Prince George's County and Baltimore County also responded, Faith said.
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By Ronnie Greene and Ronnie Greene,SUN STAFF | January 13, 1997
Nine Carroll County residents were hospitalized yesterday after a faulty -- and apparently illegal -- kerosene space heater sent carbon monoxide wafting through their apartment building, leaving some gasping for breath, authorities said.One of the nine was a woman with a history of asthma, who was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.Operating a kerosene heater in commercial structures or buildings with three or more apartments is illegal. Fire officials said they found a soot-splattered heater in the Union Bridge apartment yesterday, apparently installed to keep pipes from freezing.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1996
A homeless man who was seen running from a Veterans Administration building in Severn carrying a space heater Sunday was arrested on burglary charges, county police said.Officer Thomas McBride had arrived at the building in the 8400 block of Jacobs Road in Severn shortly before 11 a.m. to check a report of a burglary and saw a man walking down the driveway with something under his arm, police said. The man ran when the squad car pulled up, police said.Officer McBride chased the man through nearby woods and called for help, police said.
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By MIKE ROYKO | April 20, 1994
Forget about Singapore for a moment. We have flogging in this country, and most of the time it isn't considered a big deal.Consider what happened to Jose and his twin brother, Angel, who live in Chicago. The flogging they endured makes Singapore justice seem like patty-cake.And unlike the American in Singapore, who engaged in vandalism, Jose and Angel weren't guilty of anything.It was simply their misfortune to have a mother who lacked many traditional maternal instincts.The floggings happened about three years ago, when Angel and Jose were 4 years old.They were brought to a hospital in rough shape.
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By Kevin Cowherd | March 29, 1994
On a recent car trip through five eastern states, it occurred to me that highway toll collectors have the most pressure-free occupation in the whole world.Basically, the job description reads something like this:1) Stick hand out booth.2) Take money.3) Repeat.As far as minimal stress in the work environment is concerned, I don't see how you can beat that.And let's face it, unless you're working the rush hour, chances are you have some time on your hands, which you can spend reading or watching your little 12-inch TV or fiddling with the space heater.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | March 29, 1994
On a recent car trip through five eastern states, it occurred to me that highway toll collectors have the most pressure-free occupation in the whole world.Basically, the job description reads something like this:1) Stick hand out booth.2) Take money.3) Repeat.As far as minimal stress in the work environment is concerned, I don't see how you can beat that.And let's face it, unless you're working the rush hour, chances are you have some time on your hands, which you can spend reading or watching your little 12-inch TV or fiddling with the space heater.
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