A fire at Wilde Lake High School caused an estimated $2,500 worth ofdamage Friday, although county firefighters say that a sprinkler system prevented what could have been a serious fire loss.

The fire began shortly before 12:50 p.m. in a small classroom, firefighters said. Students had the day off Friday due to a countywide professional day for teachers.

Sprinklers activated within minutesof the blaze extinguished the fire. A small table in the classroom was destroyed, while water from the sprinklers caused minor floor damage to approximately five rooms, firefighters said.

The state Fire Marshal's office was investigating the scene Friday afternoon. Firefighters believe the blaze may have started when paper ignited near a heat register in the classroom.

Fire officials say that the damage would have been much greater had it not been for the sprinklers.

Acompilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police and state police:


9300 block Afternoon Lane: Jan. 20, several pieces of electronics equipment were reported stolen at 7 a.m. from a van that was forced open.

10900 block Olde Woods Way: Jan. 21, a radar detector was reported stolen at 7 a.m. from a car that wasentered after someone smashed a window.

5200 block Cedar Lane: Jan. 21, a car stereo was reported stolen at 6 a.m. from a car parked in a residential parking lot.

4900 block Columbia Road: Jan. 21, acar stereo was reported stolen at 3 p.m. from a car parked in a residential area. Two hours earlier, another car in the area was broken into and several pieces of clothing taken.

5300 block White Mane: Jan. 19, several pieces of video equipment were stolen sometime before10 p.m. from a car parked in a residential area.

6000 block Majors Lane: Jan. 18, a 1982 Chevrolet Z-28 automobile was reported stolenat 9 a.m. from a residential parking lot.

10300 Little Patuxent Parkway: Jan. 18, several tools were reported stolen at 10 p.m. from acar parked in the lot at The Mall in Columbia.

10700 block Green Mountain Circle: Jan. 17, several tools were stolen sometime before 9:45 a.m. from a storage shed that was entered when someone removed hinges from its door.

10600 block Fable Row: Jan. 17, cash, jewelry and electronics equipment were stolen sometime before 7:15 p.m. from a home entered through a rear basement window.

9300 block Enquiry Court: Jan. 17, the inside of a home was ransacked sometime before 6:20 p.m. by a prowler. Nothing appeared to have been taken from the home.

Ellicott City

8700 block Town & Country Boulevard: Jan. 19, a 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier automobile was reported stolen at 3:30 a.m.from an apartment complex parking lot.


1500 block Everlea Road: Jan. 22, several tools were reported stolen at 7 a.m. from a van parked in a residential area.

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