Police, fire briefs

August 29, 2010

Bombay Dining fire ruled accidental

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- An Aug. 22 fire at Bombay Dining, an Indian-cuisine restaurant, has been ruled accidental, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The fire was caused by combustion when grease and solvents were not properly washed from a large load of cleaning rags, according to a state police news release.

The night before the fire, the rags were washed and dried, the release states. Then the rags were stacked in a pile and placed in a plastic garbage bag, which was put in a plastic bucket, police said.

The rags were not ventilated enough before being put in the container, which was brought back to the restaurant before closing and put in the kitchen, police said.


The report of a fire at the 815 Wayne Ave. restaurant came in at 8:01 a.m. Aug. 22 and the fire was reported out at 8:42 a.m. that day, a Franklin County 911 dispatcher has said.

To avoid such problems, police recommended the use of an alkaline detergent system on fabrics covered in grease. Also, the towels need to be cooled down by spinning in the dryer without heat before being placed in a closed plastic container.

One injury was reported from the fire scene -- a firefighter who tripped and fell, according to Franklin County Emergency Services. The firefighter received medical treatment and was released the day of the fire, a 911 dispatcher has said.

Chambersburg man charged with burglary

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man was charged with burglary after money was stolen Thursday from a home in the 100 block of Jameslee Drive, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

William Edward Pentz, 19, of 147 Jameslee Drive, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property after the burglary at 167 Jameslee Drive, police said.

Frederick County school buses show signs of tampering

FREDERICK, Md. -- Several Frederick County Public Schools school buses were tampered with and items were removed from them, Frederick Police said.

Police responded to the Board of Education parking lot on Hayward Road around 11:15 p.m. Saturday for the tampering report, according to a police news release.

No suspects were found, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call Frederick Police at 301-600-2102. Tips also may be left at the Frederick Police crime tip line at 301-600-8477 or by sending e-mail to">

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