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February 12, 2006
Lasko Products Inc. is recalling 5.6 million Lasko, General Electric, Galaxy and Air King fans because an electrical failure in the motor can cause them to ignite. The West Chester, Pa., company has received 42 reports of fires possibly associated with motor failures, with seven reports of injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation. At least eight of the reported fires resulted in extensive property damage. The company has recalled: Lasko box fan models 3700, 3723, 3733 and 3750; cyclone fan models 3510, 3550, 3800 and 35105; Wind Machine models 3300 and 3521; Air Companion model 3515; Air Director model 2135; and Wind Tunnel models 3400 and 3410.
NEWS
November 15, 2011
 A machine fire at Fil-Tec Inc. on Mapleville Road in Smithsburg was quickly extinguished Tuesday evening, officials said at the scene. Chuck Johnson, deputy fire chief of the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co., said the fire started in a machine that makes nylon thread. The fire was initially called out at 7:57 p.m., a Washington County 911 dispatcher said. First units on the scene were able to control the fire with a few fire extinguishers, and it only took about 15 minutes for it to be put out, Johnson said.
NEWS
January 13, 2007
CASCADE - The Washington County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in finding the person or people responsible for recent vandalism at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade, Lt. Mark Knight said. On Monday, windows to the gym at the former base were reported broken out and fire extinguishers were reported discharged. A nearby construction site also was vandalized, and the former Officers' Club reportedly was broken into, Knight has said. On Wednesday, windows were reported busted out of buildings, Knight said.
NEWS
December 15, 2008
As someone who enjoys automobiles, you have to appreciate a company that makes its living keeping your ride from burning to the ground. What's more is that HalGuard's fire extinguishers are filled with a "clean agent" that keeps vehicle damage to a bare minimum. That's all well and good when you're driving the vehicle, but what about when it's parked in the garage or riding in the back of an enclosed trailer? HalGuard has you covered with automatic fire-supression systems that are heat activated (155,175, 200 and 286 F)
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 31, 2012
As Superstorm Sandy was hitting the Tri-State area, the Maugansville Ruritan Club property was burglarized and damaged Monday night, club officials said. Ruritan Club member Mike Danley, who is in charge of renting the facility, said nothing was amiss when he left the building Monday. He said he discovered the damage when he arrived at the building Tuesday. Danley said he wasn't sure how the main building was accessed Monday night, but noted an interior kitchen door was kicked in and the window in the door was broken.
NEWS
July 3, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Two of three teens implicated in the May 1 robbery and assault of a Chinese food delivery worker were committed to the Victor Cullen School Wednesday by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell. A bench warrant was issued for the third youth who failed to appear in court Wednesday. The two teens who did appear both admitted to the robbery and an unrelated misdemeanor theft. The two 15-year-olds will be held at the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville until beds are available at Victor Cullen.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2012
An April 18 fire in an upstairs apartment at 334 Summit Ave. that claimed the lives of a mother and daughter and injured two others was caused by a kitchen stove, fire officials have determined. Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Monday the fire might have started when items stored on top of the stove and in front of it shifted, causing the stove to be turned on. DeHaven also said cats that were being kept in the apartment might have climbed on the items, somehow causing the stove to be turned on. Test results from an investigation of the fire showed that one burner on the stove was turned to the “on” position, according to a news release from the City of Hagerstown.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | January 15, 2009
COVE GAP, Pa. - A three-hour mountaintop fire Wednesday night closed Pa. 16 between Mercersburg, Pa., and McConnellsburg, Pa. Traffic was diverted onto Mountain Road, Pa. 75, U.S. 30 and Old Route 30 while 40 firefighters battled a fire that took WJAL Family TV 68 off the air, according to a fire official. "When we arrived on scene, we were unable to make access with the firetrucks due to icing conditions," said John Rice, fire lieutenant for MMP&W Fire Co. Two firefighters were transported to Fulton County (Pa.)
NEWS
October 27, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer BOONSBORO - Boonsboro Fire Chief Oley Griffith stared at his newest piece of equipment Sunday afternoon and recalled a day he wished he had it. It was during the massive blizzard in the winter of 1996 and a fire engine struggled up a steep hill before getting stuck in a mound of snow. Griffith said a handful of firefighters was forced to trudge through snow that was nearly waist-high to reach a home on Boonsboro Mountain Road. "We ended up walking a mile and a half, carrying fire extinguishers, carrying ladders," he said.
NEWS
July 7, 2005
The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls since Tuesday, Cpl. Roy Harsh said: On Tuesday: At 9:41 a.m., credit cards were reported stolen out of a Kia Spectra parked in the 11200 block of Youngstoun Drive. At 10:56 a.m., a $304 check from a business was reported illegally cashed in the first block of West Potomac Parkway in Williamsport. At 11:03 a.m., several fire extinguishers and a radio were reported stolen from a boat at Bower's Marine, at 17815 Virginia Ave. At 11:06 a.m., a mailbox in the 13800 block of McIntosh Circle was reported damaged.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 31, 2012
As Superstorm Sandy was hitting the Tri-State area, the Maugansville Ruritan Club property was burglarized and damaged Monday night, club officials said. Ruritan Club member Mike Danley, who is in charge of renting the facility, said nothing was amiss when he left the building Monday. He said he discovered the damage when he arrived at the building Tuesday. Danley said he wasn't sure how the main building was accessed Monday night, but noted an interior kitchen door was kicked in and the window in the door was broken.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 16, 2012
“When one is hurting, we all are hurting,” Bobby Hays said. The pastor of Hays' church, the Rev. Tim Fisher, was indeed hurting. His half brother, Kenneth Goins, 50, lost his daughter, Hope, 3, to injuries sustained in an April apartment fire on Summit Avenue. The fire also claimed the life of Goins' 43-year-old wife, Patricia. “We felt a need to help out (Fisher) and his family,” Hays said. “Whatever we can do, we wanted to do.” The desire to help inspired a spaghetti dinner Saturday at the Best Western Grand Venice Hotel Wedding and Conference Center to benefit the Hope Goins Fund.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2012
An April 18 fire in an upstairs apartment at 334 Summit Ave. that claimed the lives of a mother and daughter and injured two others was caused by a kitchen stove, fire officials have determined. Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Monday the fire might have started when items stored on top of the stove and in front of it shifted, causing the stove to be turned on. DeHaven also said cats that were being kept in the apartment might have climbed on the items, somehow causing the stove to be turned on. Test results from an investigation of the fire showed that one burner on the stove was turned to the “on” position, according to a news release from the City of Hagerstown.
NEWS
February 5, 2012
Hagerstown firefighters put out a kitchen fire Sunday afternoon that was contained to the first floor of a house near City Park, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said. No one was injured, the 911 supervisor said. The fire at 643 Highland Way was accidental and attributed to cooking, said Mark Cleck, battalion chief for the Hagerstown Fire Department. The 5:36 p.m. fire spread across the stove, hood area, some cabinets and part of the ceiling before firefighters put it out, Cleck said.
NEWS
November 15, 2011
 A machine fire at Fil-Tec Inc. on Mapleville Road in Smithsburg was quickly extinguished Tuesday evening, officials said at the scene. Chuck Johnson, deputy fire chief of the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co., said the fire started in a machine that makes nylon thread. The fire was initially called out at 7:57 p.m., a Washington County 911 dispatcher said. First units on the scene were able to control the fire with a few fire extinguishers, and it only took about 15 minutes for it to be put out, Johnson said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 2, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. --Two children who were riding in a car that was being chased by police Friday were flown to hospitals for treatment after the driver crashed into a metal sign pole in front of a restaurant on Lincoln Way East near Chambersburg, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police. Trooper Ed Asbury said a girl was flown by helicopter to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center and a boy was flown to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The driver was taken to York (Pa.) Hospital, police said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | January 15, 2009
COVE GAP, Pa. - A three-hour mountaintop fire Wednesday night closed Pa. 16 between Mercersburg, Pa., and McConnellsburg, Pa. Traffic was diverted onto Mountain Road, Pa. 75, U.S. 30 and Old Route 30 while 40 firefighters battled a fire that took WJAL Family TV 68 off the air, according to a fire official. "When we arrived on scene, we were unable to make access with the firetrucks due to icing conditions," said John Rice, fire lieutenant for MMP&W Fire Co. Two firefighters were transported to Fulton County (Pa.)
NEWS
December 15, 2008
As someone who enjoys automobiles, you have to appreciate a company that makes its living keeping your ride from burning to the ground. What's more is that HalGuard's fire extinguishers are filled with a "clean agent" that keeps vehicle damage to a bare minimum. That's all well and good when you're driving the vehicle, but what about when it's parked in the garage or riding in the back of an enclosed trailer? HalGuard has you covered with automatic fire-supression systems that are heat activated (155,175, 200 and 286 F)
NEWS
August 28, 2008
A Paramount Elementary School student on Thursday afternoon discovered a fire in the school's music room. The fire was quickly extinguished and was out by the time firefighters arrived, Maryland State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said in a news release. The fire caused about $100 in damage, according to Ernst. Authorities determined the fire was accidental, caused by an electrical malfunction that ignited combustible material near an outlet, Ernst said. Paramount Elementary School is at 19410 Longmeadow Road.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 18, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A confessed arsonist was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison, with all but seven years suspended, for setting a fire at a Hagerstown apartment complex in 2007. Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. also sentenced Jason Todd Burkett, 26, of Middletown, Md., to four years of supervised probation. Burkett also is required to pay $3,500 in restitution to Washington Gardens Apartments for damage caused by the fire that spread to four apartments on Oct. 6, 2007.
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