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Families left homeless after three-alarm fire on S. Pulaski St.

A three-alarm fire in Southwest Baltimore, blamed by investigators on an electrical short, burned six rowhouses and caused more than $100,000 in damage early yesterday, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported in the 1 a.m. fire, but families in two of the houses in the 400 block of S. Pulaski St. were left homeless. The fire also damaged a sub shop; four other rowhouses were vacant.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman, said the fire started in electrical wiring in a vacant rowhouse and quickly spread along the lofts. The fire was brought under control about 2: 30 a.m.

Schools closed two days for teacher-training sessions

Public schools will be closed tomorrow and Monday so that teachers may attend training workshops. School officials added tomorrow for staff training as part of a negotiated agreement with attorneys representing special-education students.

Having closed the schools for a day for inclement weather this month, officials said the last day of school for the 1998-1999 academic year will be June 10.

In Baltimore County

Deputy superintendent will appear at academy

TOWSON -- Maryland state schools Deputy Superintendent Richard Steinke will visit Loch Raven Academy today at 10: 30 a.m. to kick off the "Have a Heart for the Homeless Campaign."

Since 1992, the State Department of Education has encouraged local school systems to participate in the campaign by collecting and distributing school supplies and hygiene products for children in homeless centers.

The program also teaches students about the plight of homelessyouth, and it includes classroom activities, the possible adoption of a shelter and the collection and distribution of supplies. The campaign will continue through February.

Teachers group taking poster contest entries

TOWSON -- The Teachers Association of Baltimore County is holding its annual Children's Rights Committee Brotherhood/Sisterhood Poster Contest for pupils in the county's schools.

Pupils are encouraged to create a poster no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches in pencil, paint, crayons or pastels with the theme: "The Dream Belongs to All of Us." Prizes of $100 for first place and $50 for second place will be awarded in March in a variety of age categories.

Entries are due by Feb. 5 to Cindy Roth at the TABCO Office, 305 E. Joppa Road, Towson 21286. Information: 410-828-6403.

R ecreation center plans for Mays Chapel to be discussed

COCKEYSVILLE -- A second community meeting to discuss plans for Mays Chapel Elementary School Recreation Center will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cockeysville Middle School library, 10401 Greenside Drive.

A concept plan, created from suggestions made at the first community meeting, will be presented.

Information: Steve Heinbach, 410-887-7734.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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