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February 20, 2012
Among the 53 calls the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department received for medical and fire-rescue service Feb. 12-19 were the following: Interstate 195 between exits 3 and 4, 1:47 a.m. Feb. 18. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Catonsville career station responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident with rollover in Arbutus and found an overturned vehicle with no occupants. Paradise Avenue, 5700 block, 12:46 a.m. Feb. 18. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Halethorpe career station responded to assist Howard County units in extinguishing a fire in the basement of a house in Elkridge.
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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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May 23, 1994
A new townhouse in Hampstead was severely damaged Thursday when a sprinkler system malfunctioned in the attic and sent water cascading down the walls, fire officials said.Firefighters from Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia of Baltimore County were dispatched to the house in the 4800 block of Hillock Lane after the owner arrived home about 6:30 p.m. and found water running out from under the front door and covering the floors.Hampstead Fire Chief Herb Raver said the firefighters turned off the water to the sprinkler system and then assisted in getting the standing water out of the townhouse.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
The 45-year-old man arrested Friday after a barricade incident in which police say he singed an officer with a makeshift blowtorch was ordered held without bond pending a psychological evaluation.  Sean Lee made his first appearance in court Monday at a bail review hearing at Central Booking, and appeared dazed and struggled to keep his eyes open. At one point, District Court Judge Jamey Hueston asked if he was all right.  Lee, who does not appear to have a prior criminal record in Maryland, lived in the Northeast Baltimore high-rise apartment where the incident took place.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1996
For the second time in three days, a sprinkler system doused a fire in a North Laurel apartment complex, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue said.The fire Monday at Country Meadows Apartments was similar to one Saturday, but fire officials said both were accidental.In each case, a sprinkler system was able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining apartments, said Chief Raymond Faith of the county Department of Fire and Rescue.On Monday, a smoke detector went off in the hallway of the second-floor apartment in the 9700 block of Country Meadows Lane.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | November 21, 1992
It's the wave of the future. Or at least the sprinkle.A growing number of states -- Maryland is one -- are passing laws that require heat-activated automatic sprinkler systems in some residential construction. Single-family detached houses usually aren't included; multi-family units are.Town houses generally are included. The Maryland law calls a town house "a single-family dwelling unit constructed in a horizontal series of attached units with property lines separating the units."However, in some cases, local jurisdictions are passing their own, more stringent, laws governing sprinkler installation.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | April 13, 1993
Parents of students at Jessup Elementary School, tired of waiting for the Board of Education to pay for renovations and sprinklers, have started their own money-raising campaign and are planning to do the work themselves this summer.The cost of putting up walls to close off classrooms in the "open space" school and installing a sprinkler system will be about $500,000 -- but the size of the project hasn't daunted parents' spirits.General contractors, carpenters and architects among the parents and their friends have joined area businesses in offering their services at no charge.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | December 20, 2000
Noting "life-threatening fire code violations," a state inspector recommended two years ago that Maryland officials immediately move children out of the aged Cheltenham Youth Facility in Prince George's County, a warning disregarded by senior fire safety officials. State fire inspection records show that state Department of Juvenile Justice officials had been officially told that conditions at the troubled detention center posed "an imminent danger to life and safety" as far back as 1995.
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By Reginald Fields and Reginald Fields,SUN STAFF | January 18, 2003
The city-owned apartment building where a fire claimed the life of a 56-year-old woman and injured 13 people Thursday morning did not have a sprinkler system, which is required in high-rise housing complexes. But because the Lakeview Towers building at 727 Druid Park Lake Drive, across from Druid Lake, was built in 1970, before a code that requires sprinklers in each apartment took effect, it was exempted from the new rules and never updated with the added fire prevention. Fire officials said the blaze started in the third-floor apartment of Tuyla Warren, who died after being taken to Maryland General Hospital.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 5, 2004
A 4-year-old boy killed Wednesday night in a townhouse fire in Edgewood was identified yesterday as Jerod Ulrich, fire marshals said. His grandmother, Donna Telmanoski, 39, who suffered second- and third-degree burns over half of her body, remained in critical but stable condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, said Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor. The boy, who lived with his grandparents in the 1500 block of F Court in Harford Square, was found on the second-floor landing, Taylor said.
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February 20, 2012
Among the 53 calls the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department received for medical and fire-rescue service Feb. 12-19 were the following: Interstate 195 between exits 3 and 4, 1:47 a.m. Feb. 18. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Catonsville career station responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident with rollover in Arbutus and found an overturned vehicle with no occupants. Paradise Avenue, 5700 block, 12:46 a.m. Feb. 18. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Halethorpe career station responded to assist Howard County units in extinguishing a fire in the basement of a house in Elkridge.
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by Annie Linskey and Michael Dresser | January 16, 2012
An old pipe burst in the William S. James Senate office building Monday afternoon, flooding a slew of offices and prompting the Department of General Services to temporarily shutter the building. Thirty-five of the state's 47 senators have offices in the building, and staff members were moving equipment out of offices on the fourth floor Monday afternoon. The pipe failed on the west side of the fourth floor, where many GOP members have their offices. Sam Cook, a director at the Department of General Services, said the building will reopen Tuesday morning.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2012
A lab at the University of Maryland College Park was damaged by an electrical fire Monday afternoon that was extinguished by firefighters, Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said. With the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, there were a limited number of people in the J.M. Patterson Building on Regents Drive, and they were evacuated safely, he said. No chemicals or hazardous materials were involved, although the Fire Departmentn's Hazardous Materials Team was alerted as a precaution, he said.
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December 14, 2009
Police are investigating the death of a cancer patient who was found dead early Saturday in a Bolton Hill dwelling, said Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright. The man's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, and the cause of death had not yet been determined. Firefighters responding to a private fire alarm system at a house in the 1700 block of Eutaw Place about 5:40 a.m. found a hot interior and a sprinkler system that had been activated after all four burners of a stove and the oven were turned on. Cartwright said the combination of the heat and water created steam that burned the face of the man, who used a wheelchair.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,Sun reporter | October 4, 2007
The state is closing a 24-bed shelter for juvenile delinquents because of fire safety code violations, but juvenile services officials say they hope to reopen it within six months after installing a sprinkler system and doing other renovation work. State Juvenile Services Secretary Donald W. DeVore decided late Monday to suspend the program at the Maryland Youth Residence Center on Woodbourne Avenue in Baltimore. Youths are being moved out of the center, and all will be gone within 30 days, officials said.
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By Susan Gvozdas and Susan Gvozdas,Special to The Sun | November 26, 2006
At the site of the five-alarm fire that ravaged three buildings on Main Street in Annapolis a year ago, there are only small signs of improvement. Beams have been hoisted to replace part of the roof of the former Main Street Ice Cream store. The property that once housed Zachary's Jewelers is now a vacant lot, filled with debris and construction equipment. The opening has exposed the charred wood remaining on the side wall of the third building damaged by the fire, the former Candy Factory.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | May 7, 1999
A 69-year-old Columbia woman suffered minor injuries last night after dropping a candle on her floor and starting a fire that was quickly stopped by a sprinkler system.Yvonne Baumgartner suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Howard County General Hospital for treatment, firefighters said.About 6: 50 p.m., Baumgartner was reaching for her afghan on her floor when she dropped the candle, said Capt. Sean Kelly of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.She tried to smother the fire with the afghan, but the cloth ignited and she fled the apartment in the 7000 block of Cradlerock Way, Kelly said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 1, 1997
A malfunctioning sprinkler system flooded the Charles Center Metro stop last night, shutting the station for about an hour and forcing riders to use other stations.Frank Fulton, a Mass Transit Administration spokesman, said the sprinkler system activated at 6: 25 p.m. and flooded the underground station at Charles and Baltimore streets, dousing some riders and spreading at least an inch of water on the passenger platform.He said MTA police officers were posted at the entrance and riders were directed to other stations.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2005
Volunteer firefighters will square off against builders next month, when a proposed ordinance requiring sprinkler systems in all new single-family homes throughout unincorporated areas of Carroll County goes to a public hearing. The county commissioners authorized the hearing yesterday and will act on the proposal after gathering public comment. The 87 fire deaths in Maryland last year occurred in homes without sprinklers, fire officials said. "This is no different than requiring seat belts and air bags," said Richard Green Sr., who chaired the county sprinkler committee and is an assistant chief at Gamber and Community Fire Company.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | March 13, 2005
Inside a specially built trailer, a technician from the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute lit a fire in a trash can containing rolls of paper. Within seconds, yellow flames caught a muslin curtain hanging above and smoke filled the trailer. A smoke detector screamed its alarm, within 15 seconds a side wall sprinkler sprayed the room, and the fire was extinguished in 35 seconds, using only about five gallons of water. In less time than the Carroll County 911 Center could dispatch a fire engine, the home sprinkler extinguished the blaze.
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