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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | June 27, 2013
"Fire in the hole," Matt Stevens yelled Thursday morning, wearing protective gloves as he lit a firecracker attached to a rubber hand in a Cockeysville field. Smoke wafted lazily in a slight breeze and two butterflies fluttered in the bright sun until an big explosion hurled the hand into the tall grass 20 feet behind the field. The hand was a prop, representing a human hand, and Stevens, a deputy state fire marshal and bomb technician in Salisbury, was among fire officials from around Maryland who attended a press conference to warn the public, in advance of July 4, about the dangers of fireworks.
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By Susan Reimer and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
The state fire marshal and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating an fire early Sunday that consumed a vacant building at the former Bainbridge Naval Station. More than 30 firefighters from several jurisdictions in Maryland and Pennsylvania worked for nearly three hours to contain the Cecil County blaze, which began just before 3 a.m. The three-story stone and mortar building was originally constructed in 1901 as the Tome School for Boys and later operated as a naval training center from 1942 to 1976.
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October 10, 1994
FIRE* Westminster: Firefighters from the Westminster station responded to an auto fire in the first block of Middle Grove Court W at 2:01 p.m. Friday. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office. They were out for 63 minutes.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Two young boys were charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire that destroyed an unoccupied home on the Calvert County estate of the late novelist Tom Clancy. The Office of the State Fire Marshal said Friday that the boys, who are 12 and 14 and from the Dares Beach community in Calvert County, confessed to igniting combustibles in the living room of the two-story, unoccupied wood frame house on the evening of Aug. 22. The fire was reported by a person passing by and was brought under control within 15 minutes of the arrival of firefighters, but the house was destroyed.
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May 1, 2000
Fire Taneytown: Firefighters responded at 4: 27 a.m. Friday to an auto fire at 3114 Kump Station Road. The car was found unoccupied in a field. Damage was estimated at $5,000. State fire marshal investigators said the fire had been started inside the vehicle. An investigation is continuing.
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RECORD STAFF REPORT | April 24, 2014
Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire in a plastic receptacle for house-keeping towels in an Aberdeen hotel Tuesday morning. The fire was discovered just before 11 a.m. by a security guard at the Hilton Garden Inn in the 1000 block of Beards Hill Road, according to a notice of investigation from the state fire marshal's office. Six firefighters had the fire out in about a minute. The hotel had working smoke alarms, which did not activate because the fire didn't generate enough smoke or heat, investigators said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
A man in Carroll County was checking his mailbox Wednesday afternoon when he discovered a pipe bomb, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said. The man was not injured. The mailbox was described as "rural," in the 3800 block of McMullen Road in Taneytown, the fire marshal said. The home's owner, James A. Sandel, found the bomb about 4:15 p.m. and called 911. The bomb was disposed of, and McMullen Road was closed for about five hours. Anyone with information about who placed the bomb in the mailbox is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-859-7152.
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By Susan Reimer and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
The state fire marshal and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating an fire early Sunday that consumed a vacant building at the former Bainbridge Naval Station. More than 30 firefighters from several jurisdictions in Maryland and Pennsylvania worked for nearly three hours to contain the Cecil County blaze, which began just before 3 a.m. The three-story stone and mortar building was originally constructed in 1901 as the Tome School for Boys and later operated as a naval training center from 1942 to 1976.
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October 14, 1993
FIRE* Hampstead: Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro and Arcadia of Baltimore County were dispatched for a house fire in the 1600 block of N. Main St. at 4:06 p.m. Tuesday. The first firefighters at the scene determined the building was abandoned and directed some of the responding fire equipment to remain out on the road and not to come back the lane to the house. Units were out for one hour and 22 minutes and the state fire marshal was investigating.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 10, 1999
The Carroll County Firemen's Association, in conjunction with the state fire marshal's office, is distributing free smoke detectors to county residents.Homeowners, especially those unable to afford a smoke detector, may contact their nearest fire station. Smoke detectors will be installed by volunteer firefighters at no charge.Each of the county's 14 fire companies has received 70 smoke detectors to give away.Information: Leon Fleming, firemen's association liaison, 410- 848-1488, Ext. 202.
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Staff Reports | May 16, 2014
The Office of the State Fire Marshal says a propane leak in the basement of the business in northern Carroll County was the origin and cause for an explosion that injured two female employees Thursday. The incident occurred at about 2:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Silver Run Valley Road, an area north of Westminster. According to the fire marshal's office, Heather Bree Harbi, 38, was transported by state police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center with first- and second-degree burns to her upper body.
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RECORD STAFF REPORT | April 24, 2014
Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire in a plastic receptacle for house-keeping towels in an Aberdeen hotel Tuesday morning. The fire was discovered just before 11 a.m. by a security guard at the Hilton Garden Inn in the 1000 block of Beards Hill Road, according to a notice of investigation from the state fire marshal's office. Six firefighters had the fire out in about a minute. The hotel had working smoke alarms, which did not activate because the fire didn't generate enough smoke or heat, investigators said.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 15, 2014
A fire that started as a result of a home repair gone bad damaged a Bel Air home early Friday afternoon, fire investigators said. The fire was reported at 1:27 p.m. in a single story, brick rancher in the first block of Huntington Place off West Ring Factory Road, about a mile south of the Bel Air town limits. According to initial Harford County emergency radio dispatches, smoke was coming from a wall inside the home. According to the notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the homeowner had drilled a hole in an exterior wall of the home in hopes of installing a new water spigot.
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March 10, 2014
The tragic deaths of two children and their father in Curtis Bay last weekend are yet another stark reminder that fire can happen anywhere at any time ( "Children, adult killed in Curtis Bay house fire identified ," March 5). Since the beginning of the year, 12 Maryland residents have lost their lives in home fires. The loss of life will continue unless we spread the message of home fire safety. The National Fire Protection Association reports that nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes in which no smoke alarm was present or in which one was present but was inoperative.
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February 5, 2014
A fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the attached garage of a house in the 200 block of Canvasback Drive in Havre de Grace Wednesday evening, according to fire officials. The cause of the fire was attributed to a portable generator in the garage, said Scotty Hurst, chief of the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace, said. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. Hurst noted the house did not have power, and that Harford County officials issued an alert Wednesday regarding the potential for more power outages as winds picked up Wednesday night.
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By Blair Ames, Bames@tribune.com | January 24, 2014
An accidental fire that started in a void spaceĀ above Jin's Asian Bistro in the Oklahoma Center shopping center became a two-alarm blaze that damaged several units of the Eldersburg strip mall late Thursday night, the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal said Friday. The fire, which began at an electrical outlet above Jin's, caused about $250,000 in damages, including $200,000 to the building itself, according to a notice of investigation from the State Fire Marshal's Office.
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December 16, 1998
FireSykesville: Firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber, Reese, West Friendship, Howard County, the state Department of Natural Resources and the state fire marshal's office responded at 5: 57 p.m. Monday to a fire in a vacant barn on College Road. Units were out three hours.Sykesville: Firefighters responded at 1: 21 p.m. Monday to a fire alarm on Slacks Road. Units were out 15 minutes.Pub Date: 12/16/98
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun Reporter | February 13, 2007
The Maryland state fire marshal's office has determined that a fire at the Hap Baker Firearms Facility in Westminster was an accident. The blaze started shortly before noon Friday when hot ammunition ignited materials on the rifle range, according to the fire marshal's office. Fanned by brisk winds, the fire spread to the roof of the rifle range, then to an office trailer and a shed. No one was injured.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
A 39-year-old man was killed in a fire that engulfed his Cecil County mobile home early Thursday morning, according to the state fire marshal's office. Shortly after midnight, around 50 firefighters were called to the one-alarm fire in the 600 block of Blue Ball Road in Elkton, and it took them about 90 minutes to get the fire under control. Curtis Lee Church, who was living inside the home, was pronounced dead, authorities said. No one else was injured. The cause of the fire, which resulted in about $50,000 worth of damage, is under investigation.
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December 3, 2013
A 16-year-old male has been charged with setting a fire at Aberdeen High School Tuesday afternoon, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office. About 25 firefighters from Aberdeen, Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Susquehanna Hose Co. in Havre de Grace responded to the school at about 1:04 p.m. for a report of a fire in a first floor boys bathroom. When they arrived, firefighters controlled the remaining fire within five minutes. It was determined that the fire sprinkler activated and contained the blaze to the bathroom, but caused significant water damage to nearby classrooms and computer labs, causing about $10,000 in clean-up and damages, according to the state fire marshal's office.
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