Police/Fire

Edgewood house explosion caused by disconnected gas range, candle

EDGEWOOD, MD—Investigators with the Office of the State Fire Marshal have determined the cause of an explosion that leveled a home and critically injured an Edgewood man on Sunday evening. Deputy State Fire Marshals have concluded that 67-year-old Delbert L. Markley, Jr., the homeowner, lit a candle after he improperly disconnected a gas range, subsequently allowing the home to fill …


Police/Fire

Edgewood house explosion damages three homes, critical injuries reported

UPDATE 2: Investigators have determined the cause of the explosion – details here. UPDATE: Officials have confirmed that the explosion originated from within the home.  Investigators are currently working with BGE to determine the cause. The owner was discovered at the rear of the home. Original story below… —— EDGEWOOD, MD—Crews are on the scene of a Sunday night house …


AAA: Motorists to see relief with restart of Colonial Pipeline, State Fire Marshall offers safety tips

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Motorists in Maryland can expect to see fuel flowing at local pumps in the coming days, AAA said on Thursday. On Wednesday evening, the Colonial Pipeline announced the restart of pipeline operations. While it will take several days for operations to get back to normal, this news will help to ease the supply strain seen on the East Coast. …

State Fire Marshal provides Halloween safety tips for Marylanders

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Even as parents and caregivers continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween is still one of the most exciting nights of the year. This year’s festivities will look a bit different and call for creative alternatives that are both fun and follow local COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations.  Regardless of how Marylanders choose to celebrate this Halloween, State Fire Marshal …

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 …

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 …