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Gordon Douglas
Pages from the Past: Firefighters' arrival alarms homeowner

An article in the Feb. 10, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on the surprised reaction of both firefighters and homeowner after a false alarm. The Catonsville Fire Department responded to an alarm of fire shortly after 7 o'clock Wednesday night at the home of Mr. J.L. Downes at Eden Terrace. Fortunately for the firemen, as well as for the Downes family, the alarm which was sounded was not a fire. It was merely the reflection from a fire in an open grate in the reception hall of the Downes home which Mrs. Downes, who was visiting at the home of Mrs. Charles Brink nearby, had mistaken for a conflagration. Without waiting to inquire further, the fire department was called by...