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Fire damages Etz Chaim Center; FBI investigates

A single-alarm fire yesterday morning at Etz Chaim Center in Park Heights destroyed the bottom floor of a building where 30 to 50 orthodox Jewish families worship each week.

Investigators from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were called to the 3000 block of Fords Lane. Congress has required the FBI and ATF to respond to fires and bombings in any religious centers or houses of worship.

Fire officials said no one was in the center when the fire began about 8 a.m. in a downstairs storage room. Services usually begin around 8:15, witnesses said. The fire caused about $60,000 worth of damage, but that figure would likely increase as the investigation continues, fire officials said.

Two people injured in shooting outside club

A double shooting outside the 007 Social Club early yesterday left two people injured, one of them critically.

Paulette Corbin, 34 - also known as Paulette Davis - of the 2500 block of Salem St. was walking from her home to the after-hours nightclub about 4:30 a.m. when she was shot in the head, police said. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was in critical condition yesterday.

Derron Corbitt, 20, of the 2800 block of Parkwood Ave. was shot in the ankle.

Police said the shootings happened after an altercation outside the nightclub. They did not say whether either victim was involved in the altercation. Police have no suspects in the shooting.

In Baltimore County

Repair of water main causes drop in pressure

DUNDALK - Some neighborhoods in Dundalk suffered a sharp drop in water pressure yesterday afternoon and evening when the Baltimore City Department of Public Works began a scheduled repair to a 36-inch main on North Point Boulevard.

The department had provided a backflow pipe to get water to people affected by the work, but a closed valve left some homes with low water pressure after work on the main began at about 4 p.m.

Murrow said the closed valve was quickly discovered and normal water flow resumed before 7 p.m.

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