Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Howard County firefighter trainees participated in a controlled burn on Tuesday in Ellicott City.
Clouds of smoke billowed from two buildings in Ellicott City Tuesday morning as firefighters worked hoses to control the flames. At times the fire was large, but nothing too out of control. The event was a training exercise for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. In all, three buildings were burnt down by HCFDRS as part of a training exercise for new recruits. Watch the video above to see a demolition burn, in which firefighters ensure flames don't spread as a house burns itself to the ground. The buildings were donated to the fire department by the property owner, according to Battalion Chief Eric Proctor. Related Articles Expect Smoke, Commotion in Ellicott City This Week Video of the Day: A Training Fire in …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Firefighter Stephanie Andrews was recognized for her off-duty heroism.
Firefighter Stephanie Andrews was a last-minute addition to a soccer game in Anne Arundel County last April – the coed team needed another women in order not to forfeit, she explained at Thursday night’s Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Awards Ceremony Andrews was checking in guests to the ceremony, but she was also one of the most–talked about awardees that night because of what she did at the Soccer Dome. She saved a life. It was just about 10 – 15 minutes into the game, she said, when one of the players, 53-year-old Mike Greenhill, said he wasn’t feeling well. He sat on the bench and Andrews noticed him: “His head was slumped down, touching his chest,” she recalled, and he looked like he was about to fall off of the…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
A Howard County firefighter was injured in a fire on Saturday morning.
A fire early Saturday left one firefighter injured and nine residents displaced after it damaged a house in the 9300 block of Indian Camp in Columbia around 4 a.m. About 60 firefighters were able to control the two-alarm fire about an hour after initially responding, according to a fire official. One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury and was transported to Howard County General Hospital for treatment, but the nine residents were able to escape without injury, according to the fire department. Howard County Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the fire and performing a damage assessment, according to a fire official.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The morning fire led to a road block on Rogers Avenue at Old Frederick Road in Ellicott City.
Howard County fire crews responded to a fire at a mulch factory in Ellicott City this morning, according to a Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson. When crews arrived at 22 Daniels Road at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, they encountered smoke coming from the four-story stone building. A roadblock was set up at the Rogers Avenue/Old Frederick Road traffic circle while crews took on the fire, according to spokesperson Jackie Cutler. The road was re-opened just after 9 a.m. Two factory employees were on-site, Cutler said, and no injuries were reported. Inside the building, crews found smoldering debris; the fire was under control by about 9:30 a.m., according to Cutler.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Fire officials said the woman suffered life-threatening injuries in one-alarm fire in an apartment building on Tamar Drive.
One woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a one-alarm apartment fire that consumed three units at an apartment building on Tamar Drive on Friday morning, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. The woman, who was in her 70s, was rescued from a third-floor apartment by firefighters who found her in a living room in cardiac arrest. She was resucitated at the scene by paramedics and transported to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, according to fire department spokesperson Jackie Cutler. The name of the woman was not released at the scene by fire officials. Cutler said about 40 firefighters responded to the scene after a 911 caller reported the fire around 9:30 a.m. In total, Cutler said five units…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
No injuries were reported in the incident.
Two adults and two children were displaced after a second-floor apartment caught fire on Wednesday morning on Woodpark Lane in King's Contrivance, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Fire officials reported arriving at the scene at approximately 10 a.m. to find heavy smoke coming from the second-floor apartment. After entering, firefighters discovered a sprinkler system was controlling the fire, as a result, firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. There were no injuries reported. Two apartments were left uninhabitable after receiving extensive smoke and water damage and three other units received minor water damage, according to fire officials. The American Red Cross has been asked to …
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services wants you to see the difference between a dried-out tree and one that's been well-kept.
When it comes to Christmas trees, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services has some tips to help you stay safe On its Facebook page, HCDFRS lists these tips to reduce the chance of a tree going up in flames: Howard County's Merry Mulch recycling program has, since 1993, helped residents recycle trees for free. The trees are delivered to a compost facility where they are recycled into compost and mulch. Check back with Patch in a few weeks for updated information on Merry Mulch. And remember—water your tree. Watch the video—courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters Laboratories—to see what a difference it can make. For more local news, sign up for the Ellicott City Patch newsletter . Keep the …
Monday, November 26, 2012
A 2-alarm fire drew over 80 firefighters to the scene on Cardinal Lane in Columbia.
A 2-alarm fire destroyed a house near the 6200 block of Cardinal Lane in Hickory Ridge on Sunday night in Columbia, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Approximately 80 firefighters responded to the scene of the 2-alarm fire after they were notified by an alarm company that an alarm had been triggered around 7 p.m. Sunday. The residents were able to escape without serious injuries, although one refused transport to a hospital, according to the fire department. The cause of the fire has not been determined and there is no damage estimates immediately available, according to fire officials. Fire officials said the house is uninhabitable and the Red Cross is assisting the residents.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Richard Mojica Jr. admitted to starting a fire underneath a trailer at Sears.
A Columbia teen pleaded guilty at Howard County Circuit Court on Wednesday to setting two fires near the Mall in Columbia in May. Richard N. Mojica Jr., 18, of the 10300 block of Swift Stream Place, was arrested in May and charged with starting fires that resulted in more than $10,000 in damages and property loss, according to police, including a fire outside Sears at the Mall in Columbia. Police arrested Mojica after they said they witnessed him running from a dumpster fire near Lord and Taylor at the Mall in Columbia on May 6, just three days after a fire was set underneath a trailer at the Sears loading dock. Assistant state's attorney Ned Curry told the court Mojica ignited bales of cardboard underneath a trailer at the Sears loading…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire at a vacant commercial building on Sunday.
Howard County firefighters extinguished a fire inside a vacant commercial building on the 8100 block of Jenmar Road in Savage on Sunday afternoon. There were no injuries, according to fire officials. Firefighters responded to the fire at about 5 p.m. after callers reported seeing smoke rising from the building, according to a Howard County fire department spokesperson. Fire officials reported the building, a 5,000 square foot auto repair facility, was engulfed in flames when they arrived. It took more than 60 firefighters about 35 minutes to put out the fire, according to a spokesperson. The cause of the fire and damage estimates are unknown as officials investigate the scene.