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Police log for 12/28

December 30, 2002

Mattress, boxspring catch fire in Hagerstown



The Hagerstown Fire Department responded Friday evening to 214 N. Potomac St, where a mattress and boxspring in the back of the building caught fire.

Battalion Chief Randy Myers said it was unknown how the fire started.

Smoke rose up through all three floors in the front of the building and the second floor of the back.

Myers said no one lives in the building.

The mattress and boxspring were in an open storage area underneath the second floor in the rear.

An alley behind the building runs parallel to North Potomac Street. The rear of the building faces Cutting Edge Ministries, which is on the other side of the alley.

The 200 block of North Potomac Street was closed while firefighters worked on the call.




Heater ignites fire inside Pa. gas station



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A space heater ignited gasoline on the floor inside a gas station garage Friday morning, burning the building and a van, a fire official said.

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Fire broke out at the Exxon service station at 705 E. Baltimore St. at about 7:40 a.m., said Mike Luger, deputy fire chief for the Rescue Hose Co. of Greencastle.

A mechanic was draining gasoline from the van when the space heater ignited the gasoline, Luger said.

The van caught fire, which spread to the four-bay garage. The convenience store part of the building was damaged by smoke, Luger said.

He had no estimate of the damage.

Firefighters from the Marion, North Franklin, Waynesboro and Mercersburg departments assisted with the call.

Luger said firefighters stayed at the scene until about 10 a.m.




Drug sting ends in arrest of Frederick man



FREDERICK, Md. - An undercover drug sting Thursday near the John Hanson apartment complex on North Bentz Street led to the arrest of a Frederick man.

Marc Philip Smith, 32, of the 4800 block of Old National Pike, was charged with possession of fake drugs.

The Frederick Police Drug Enforcement Unit set up the sting. An undercover officer posed as a drug dealer in an attempt to sell a substance that resembles crack cocaine, police said.

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