Entertainment, Events, Health, Police/Fire

State Fire Marshal offers tips to help prevent fireworks-related fires

BALTIMORE, MD—State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci on Thursday reminded Marylanders of the dangers of fire as a result of improperly extinguished smoking materials and fireworks. ”The dry conditions we are experiencing have the potential to cause fires around dwellings, outbuildings, dry vegetation and mulch,” stated Geraci. “Many of these fires can quickly result in damage to structures and vast …


Entertainment, Events, Family, Police/Fire

State Fire Marshal warns of fake online fireworks poster

BALTIMORE, MD—The Office of the State Fire Marshal is warning Maryland residents of a fictitious online poster circulating on various social media accounts, referencing Independence Day celebrations and social distancing. The poster claims that Governor Larry Hogan has issued a directive on a specific way to handle sparklers and limited the amount of time residents are allowed to celebrate outdoors. …


Edgewood townhome fire causes $75,000 in damage, owner displaced

EDGEWOOD, MD—Monday night’s fire in Edgewood caused approximately $75,000 in damage, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal. The townhome fire broke out at just before 9:30 p.m. in the 1900-block of Eloise Lane. Smoke alarms were present in the apartment and activated. It took approximately 40 firefighters around 20 minutes to control the blaze.  Units from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company …

Stolen vehicle destroyed by fire in Joppa

JOPPA, MD—Authorities say a Tuesday night vehicle fire in Joppa destroyed a stolen car. At just after 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, firefighters from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company responded to the 1100-block of Oak Avenue. At the scene, crews found a 2016 Chrysler 200 that was fully engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly contained, then detectives learned that the …

State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad set to deploy new robot [VIDEO]

BALTIMORE, MD—The Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad is prepared to deploy its newest bomb disposal robot. Bomb technicians have been training for months on the new Telerob Telemax PRO. On Monday, February 3, 2020, the robot will be placed into service and ready to mitigate possible explosive hazards. The Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad …

State Fire Marshall issues warning about TikTok Outlet Challenge

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci on Thursday warned parents of a new viral teen video challenge, which may result in fire incidents and cause serious injury. While the Office of the State Fire Marshal has received no reported incidents within Maryland thus far, the agency has been notified by authorities of two incidents in Massachusetts. The “challenge” …

Authorities investigating Edgewood vehicle fire

EDGEWOOD, MD—Authorities are investigating a vehicle fire that took place in Edgewood over the weekend. On Monday morning, officials from the Office of the State Fire Marshall said they were looking into a vehicle fire that occurred at around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday night behind the Home Depot, located at 2703 Pulaski Highway (21040). No one is believed to have …

Woman arrested in connection with Fallston vehicle arson

FALLSTON, MD—Deputies from the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Northeast Region arrested a woman on Friday morning in connection with a vehicle fire that occurred in Fallston on Sunday afternoon, October 20, 2019. Kyra Lynn Compton, 22, of Edgewood, was arrested on charges of second-degree arson, second-degree malicious burning, and destruction of property after taking her mother’s 2007 Jeep …