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September 15, 2011
Due to the failure of the fire alarm system, Hillcrest Elementary School in Frederick will not hold activities after 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Frederick County Public Schools announced in a news release. The Frederick Community Learning Center program is canceled.  The YMCA daycare program and ELO classes will conclude at 4:30 p.m., according to the release. Staff members were equipped with radios and stationed throughout the building to monitor for any signs of smoke or fire, the release said.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | May 22, 2003
The Washington County Board of Education approved three bids at Tuesday night's meeting. The bids were awarded to: Shifler Electrical Associates Inc. of Hagerstown, to replace the fire alarm system at Northern Middle School for $75,150. The project should be completed by Sept. 12, said Dennis McGee, the school system's director of facilities management. Carpet Gallery Inc. of Hagerstown, to replace Marshall Street School's old carpet with tile in the classroom areas and carpet in the office areas for $55,200.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | June 3, 1998
The first block of East Washington Street was closed for at least an hour Tuesday night after a child set off a sprinkler system in an apartment building, a fire official said. The street was reopened at 10 p.m., fire officials said. A child standing on a bunkbed and swinging a toy hit the bulb on a sprinkler head in a fourth-floor apartment, causing water to seep to the floors below, said Battalion Chief Ron Horn of the Hagerstown Fire Department. The water seeped through apartments and CW Travel, a travel agency owned by Mike Pishvaian at 31 E. Washington St. Pishvaian could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | September 23, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Area residents are coming through for a homeless shelter from which 42 people were evicted last week when the borough's fire marshal closed the facility. Frank Kocek, a member of the New Hope Shelter's board of directors and its interim director, said Monday he received more than $1,000 in donations since the closing made news last week. Last Wednesday, Fire Marshal Jerry Hartman ordered that the shelter at 25 S. Potomac St. be closed by 1 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
October 10, 2006
By now, most people in the Tri-State area have either read The Herald-Mail's story on school security, or heard about it. Here's the short version: Nine Herald-Mail reporters attempted to enter schools in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In most cases, they were able to freely wander through the schools for up to 20 minutes without being asked for identification or why they were there. In some cases, policies that were in place weren't being followed and doors that should have been locked weren't, or had been propped open.
NEWS
May 20, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer A Hagerstown youth group could find a permanent home at the former National Guard Armory, but still faces the possibility of a temporary eviction, officials said Monday. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office will inspect the 328 N. Potomac St. building today to determine whether 21st Century Teens and Has Beens Boxing Club need to move out, said Charles Cronauer, deputy chief state fire marshal. If there are life-threatening safety violations, the building cannot be used until the violations are corrected, Cronauer said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | January 16, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Like the five-story apartment building in Huntington, W.Va., where at least nine people died in a fire Saturday, some buildings in Berkeley and Jefferson counties do not have sprinkler systems, local fire chiefs say. Officials said the Saturday night fire in Huntington began in a second-floor unit, shooting flames and smoke up utility access channels to the upper floors. The building did not have a sprinkler system. While sprinklers are not required under state law, smoke alarms are, fire officials said.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 8, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, PA. - A final inspection of the New Hope Shelter at 25 S. Potomac St. Wednesday showed that the homeless facility has corrected all fire code violations that forced it to close in September, Waynesboro Fire Marshal Jerry Hartman said. Hartman and Douglas Pyle, the borough's building inspector, went through the four-story former textile factory building Wednesday morning. "They're good to go. They've completed everything on our list and they can open anytime they want," Hartman said.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 2, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro fire officials are making daily checks on the progress that the New Hope Homeless Shelter is making toward bringing its building up to fire safety codes, Borough Fire Chief Dale Fishack said Wednesday. "We were there around noon today and there was hardly any progress," Fishack said. "We go in on a daily basis to explain what they should be doing. It's not that we're not willing to help. We've been going out of our way for them.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Special to The Herald-Mail | February 26, 2009
BOLIVAR, W.Va. -- Jefferson County Health Department officials might have overstepped their bounds when one of their employees ordered a small Christian school closed last week for violations of state fire codes. A spokesman in Gov. Joe Manchin's office, after speaking with officials in the State Fire Marshal's Office, told leaders at Bolivar Christian Academy enforcement of fire codes rests with the fire marshal's office, not with the health department. "Any violation found by the health department inspector should have been ... forwarded to the Fire Marshal for proper investigation and action," according to an e-mail sent Thursday to local school officials by the governor's office.
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September 15, 2011
Due to the failure of the fire alarm system, Hillcrest Elementary School in Frederick will not hold activities after 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Frederick County Public Schools announced in a news release. The Frederick Community Learning Center program is canceled.  The YMCA daycare program and ELO classes will conclude at 4:30 p.m., according to the release. Staff members were equipped with radios and stationed throughout the building to monitor for any signs of smoke or fire, the release said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 12, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- An attorney trying to open a restaurant is seeking court intervention to prevent the city of Hagerstown from shutting down a fundraising event on Friday. Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said Tuesday that Timothy Gordon's property on North Potomac Street does not meet state requirements for a fire alarm system, a sprinkler system, fire wall separation and emergency lighting. On May 7, Douglas P. DeHaven, a city fire marshal, wrote a letter telling Gordon he can't hold his live-entertainment event until those requirements are met. However, Gordon, as the owner and majority shareholder of Three Sons LLC, which owns 110-116 N. Potomac St., has asked for an injunction and temporary restraining order against the city.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Special to The Herald-Mail | February 26, 2009
BOLIVAR, W.Va. -- Jefferson County Health Department officials might have overstepped their bounds when one of their employees ordered a small Christian school closed last week for violations of state fire codes. A spokesman in Gov. Joe Manchin's office, after speaking with officials in the State Fire Marshal's Office, told leaders at Bolivar Christian Academy enforcement of fire codes rests with the fire marshal's office, not with the health department. "Any violation found by the health department inspector should have been ... forwarded to the Fire Marshal for proper investigation and action," according to an e-mail sent Thursday to local school officials by the governor's office.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | January 16, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Like the five-story apartment building in Huntington, W.Va., where at least nine people died in a fire Saturday, some buildings in Berkeley and Jefferson counties do not have sprinkler systems, local fire chiefs say. Officials said the Saturday night fire in Huntington began in a second-floor unit, shooting flames and smoke up utility access channels to the upper floors. The building did not have a sprinkler system. While sprinklers are not required under state law, smoke alarms are, fire officials said.
NEWS
October 10, 2006
By now, most people in the Tri-State area have either read The Herald-Mail's story on school security, or heard about it. Here's the short version: Nine Herald-Mail reporters attempted to enter schools in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In most cases, they were able to freely wander through the schools for up to 20 minutes without being asked for identification or why they were there. In some cases, policies that were in place weren't being followed and doors that should have been locked weren't, or had been propped open.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 8, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, PA. - A final inspection of the New Hope Shelter at 25 S. Potomac St. Wednesday showed that the homeless facility has corrected all fire code violations that forced it to close in September, Waynesboro Fire Marshal Jerry Hartman said. Hartman and Douglas Pyle, the borough's building inspector, went through the four-story former textile factory building Wednesday morning. "They're good to go. They've completed everything on our list and they can open anytime they want," Hartman said.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 2, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro fire officials are making daily checks on the progress that the New Hope Homeless Shelter is making toward bringing its building up to fire safety codes, Borough Fire Chief Dale Fishack said Wednesday. "We were there around noon today and there was hardly any progress," Fishack said. "We go in on a daily basis to explain what they should be doing. It's not that we're not willing to help. We've been going out of our way for them.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | September 23, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Area residents are coming through for a homeless shelter from which 42 people were evicted last week when the borough's fire marshal closed the facility. Frank Kocek, a member of the New Hope Shelter's board of directors and its interim director, said Monday he received more than $1,000 in donations since the closing made news last week. Last Wednesday, Fire Marshal Jerry Hartman ordered that the shelter at 25 S. Potomac St. be closed by 1 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | May 22, 2003
The Washington County Board of Education approved three bids at Tuesday night's meeting. The bids were awarded to: Shifler Electrical Associates Inc. of Hagerstown, to replace the fire alarm system at Northern Middle School for $75,150. The project should be completed by Sept. 12, said Dennis McGee, the school system's director of facilities management. Carpet Gallery Inc. of Hagerstown, to replace Marshall Street School's old carpet with tile in the classroom areas and carpet in the office areas for $55,200.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | June 3, 1998
The first block of East Washington Street was closed for at least an hour Tuesday night after a child set off a sprinkler system in an apartment building, a fire official said. The street was reopened at 10 p.m., fire officials said. A child standing on a bunkbed and swinging a toy hit the bulb on a sprinkler head in a fourth-floor apartment, causing water to seep to the floors below, said Battalion Chief Ron Horn of the Hagerstown Fire Department. The water seeped through apartments and CW Travel, a travel agency owned by Mike Pishvaian at 31 E. Washington St. Pishvaian could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
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