Police log

January 29, 1999

Burned boy released from hospital

An 8-year-old Hagerstown boy who was burned Tuesday afternoon at his home remained hospitalized Thursday.

Joel Lambert was burned when an aerosol paint can exploded in an outdoor trash burn pit at 16115 Spade Road, Maryland fire marshals said.

Joel was standing next to the burn pit at 4:29 p.m. when the can exploded, knocking him backwards and covering his face with paint, fire marshals said.

When his hair ignited, the child performed a "stop, drop and roll" to put out the fire, fire marshals said.

Flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Children's Hospital in Washington, D. C., Joel was admitted with second-degree burns over his right ear, fire marshals said. He also suffered small corneal abrasions to his eyes.


His condition was listed as fair Wednesday. No update was available Thursday.

Maugansville firefighters and Community Rescue Service responded to the scene.

Baskets stolen

Two Longaberger baskets valued at $80 were taken Tuesday from the Office of Huntington Mortgage Company, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown City Police said.

Light vandalized

A dusk-to-dawn light was broken at Sunderland Manor, corner of Eastern and Jefferson boulevards, Hagerstown City Police said.

No loss estimate was available.

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