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Man killed in fire in S.W. rowhouse believed to be vacant

An unidentified man was found dead early yesterday in a fire that swept through a Southwest Baltimore rowhouse that the Fire Department said was believed to have been vacant.

The body was found on the upper floor of the three-story house in the 1800 block of Wilkens Ave., where the fire was reported about 1:30 a.m., a Fire Department spokesman said. The cause of the blaze and the death remained under investigation. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Neighbor Tracy Jones said flames were shooting from the front windows when she was awakened by two passers-by to call the Fire Department. Neighbors said the house was supposed to be boarded and have no electricity or gas. A second neighbor, Carol Moubrey, said a family with children recently had moved out of the house.

In Baltimore County

Police seek identity of man killed in train accident

HALETHORPE -- A man struck by a train during the weekend died of his injuries yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and county police sought the public's help in identifying him.

The man was struck about 5 p.m. Saturday near the 4700 block of Hollins Ferry Road, and the railroad notified county police of the incident. Police said they had not been able to determine why the man was on the tracks.

The man, believed to be 40 to 50 years old, was described as black, about 6 foot tall and 200 pounds, with short black hair. Anyone with information was asked to call the police at 410-887-2198.

Suggestion by employees expected to save $70,000

TOWSON -- Baltimore County officials say a preventive maintenance program suggested by employees of the county Bureau of Utilities is expected to save taxpayers about $70,000 in emergency repairs.

The repairs, which will cost about $7,000, will reduce the risk of sewage backups into houses and waterways in the Cedar Beach area of the Back River Neck peninsula, officials said in a statement.

The Bureau of Utilities will replace aging steel valves and valve handles on grinder pumps that move wastewater from about 200 houses near Sue Creek on Back River Neck. Employees also will inspect and clean the pumps, test breakdown alarms and teach residents about proper system maintenance, the county said.

Wheelchair basketball tourney volunteers needed

MILFORD --The Maryland Ravens wheelchair basketball team is looking for volunteers to operate the game and shot clocks next month at the Craig Cook Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Challenge at Milford Mill Academy.

Volunteers must be able to donate a few hours. Training will be provided at the two-day tournament featuring teams of disabled players from the New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore areas. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 3.

In addition to basketball, the Maryland Ravens organization presents disability-awareness programs in schools throughout the Baltimore area. Information or to volunteer: 410-679-9264.

St. Joseph is sponsoring activities for Heart Month

TOWSON -- "Men's Health: Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease," a lecture by cardiologist Dr. Kerry Prewitt, will be presented at 6 p.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Medical Center, 7601 Osler Drive.

Registration is required for the lecture, one of several Heart Month activities St. Joseph is offering during February. Information: 410-337-1479.

The hospital also will offer a free heart health screening from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Canticle Room. Information: 410-337- 4478.

Valentine's Dance planned Thursday at Charlestown

CATONSVILLE -- The Community Concert Series at Charlestown Retirement Community will present its fifth annual Valentine's Dance on Thursday at John Erickson Conference Center, 719 Maiden Choice Lane.

The dance, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., will feature music by Zim Zemarel Orchestra. Admission is $3 for residents, $4 for visitors. Information: 410-247-3400, Ext. 8577.

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