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Catonsville fire destroys lodge hall 3-alarm blaze is called accidental. Firefighter injured.


A three-alarm fire last night caused about $300,000 damage )) to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Catonsville and sent a firefighter to a hospital for treatment of burns.

The fire, in the 1000 block of Frederick Road, was reported at 11:30 p.m. Additional alarms were made at 11:48 p.m. and 12:04 a.m.

More than 50 firefighters from a dozen stations, including one from Baltimore and one from Ellicott City in Howard County, battled the blaze before bringing it under control about 1:15 this morning.

The Baltimore County units that responded were from stations in Catonsville, Westview, Pikesville, Woodlawn, Violetville, English Consul, Arbutus, Lansdowne and Halethorpe.

Officer George Askew, of the Wilkens District, said the interior of the two-story frame building at Frederick Road and Beaumont Avenue was extensively damaged by fire, smoke and water.

"Only the shell of the building remains," said Officer Askew.

He said members of the Knights of Columbus Patapsco Lodge 1960 met at the building last night and that nothing appeared amiss when they left about an hour before the fire broke out.

A spokesman for the county Fire Department said a firefighter from the Catonsville station suffered burns on his left hand.

The injured firefighter, John Schreiber, was treated at St. Agnes Hospital and released, according to Battalion Chief Ralph Nelson.

Chief Nelson said today that the blaze started in the basement of the hall, where flammable materials were stored.

He said the cause was accidental.

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