House fire drives 2 from home Blaze started in bedroom wall


A fire in the wall of a New Windsor house routed two people from their home and caused more than $20,000 damage Tuesday night, county fire officials reported.

Engines from the New Windsor, Winfield and Mount Airy fire companies responded to a report of smoke in a house in the 2700 block of Sam's Creek Road about 7 p.m. The firefighters found a fire in the wall between the chimney and the wall of the second-floor bedroom.

The occupants, Dwayne Steinberg, 30, and Patricia Able, 36, said they called 911 when they smelled smoke in the bedroom and discovered the fire.

About 60 firefighters battled the blaze for 45 minutes before bringing it under control, Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said.

The second floor of the home suffered extensive fire damage, and there was smoke and water damage to other portions of the two-story wood frame home, officials said.

Fire officials attributed the fire to the ignition of combustibles between the chimney and wall.

Union Bridge woman jailed for nonsupport

A 31-year-old Union Bridge woman who owes more than $3,000 in back child support was sentenced this week to serve two years in the county jail.

Lisa Eloise Hollingsworth was convicted of two counts of criminal nonsupport in January after a nine-year history of failing to pay child support for two of her four children, court records said.

The children are being cared for by Ms. Hollingsworth's parents.

On Monday, Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed two consecutive three-year sentences, but suspended two years of each term. The judge allowed her to continue working while in lTC jail.

Before her sentencing hearing, Ms. Hollingsworth paid $1,000 toward the $4,366 outstanding. The Monday payment was the first she had made since December 1991.

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