Firefighters to get new $1.4 million station


Ellicott City Volunteer Firemen's Association soon will trade its 57-year-old home in the historic district for a new facility.

Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker, Chief James Heller of the Department of Fire and Rescue Services and other officials will attend a groundbreaking on the site of the $1.4 million building tomorrow.

The station -- which will be built on 2 acres on Route 103 near U.S. 29 -- should be completed by next summer, Heller said.

Six career firefighters and a number of volunteers now work out of the Main Street station.

"We're pleased about the new location because it will serve a greater part of the county," Heller said. "We get a lot more calls from where the new station will be than from Main Street. It'll shorten response times.

"It wasn't an ideal location on Main Street, there wasn't much room to maneuver," he said.

The fire station outgrew its Main Street location years ago. An annex was built across the street in 1963.

Now county officials and historic district residents and merchants must decide what to do with the old building.

"The county executive hasn't committed to anything yet, but I'm sure it'll be something that serves the community," Heller said.

A senior nutrition center is one option being considered for part of the building, he said.

Molotov cocktail thrown at Ellicott City home

A Molotov cocktail was hurled at the front living-room window of a house in the 4200 block of Bright Bay Way in Ellicott City early yesterday, igniting a fire that damaged the exterior of the building, Howard County police said.

The occupants, whom police would not name, were not injured in the 4 a.m. incident.

Police said the fire caused about $1,500 in damage.

Pub Date: 8/05/96

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