Fire destroys county bar, apartments


Police and fire officials are investigating an early-morning fire in Baltimore Highlands that destroyed a neighborhood bar and the bar owner's apartment.

According to Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost, firefighters were called to Mary's Sports Bar in the 4300 block of Annapolis Road about 3 a.m. yesterday, where the first responders found heavy fire and smoke.

Firefighters from Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard counties had the three-alarm blaze under control at 7:45 a.m., Armacost said, adding that the white two-story, wood-frame building was destroyed and likely will be demolished.

Firefighters estimated the damages at between $400,000 to $500,000.

Annapolis Road remained closed to traffic throughout the afternoon.

No one was injured in the fire, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department.

Five people, including owner Mary Beacham, were living in the two apartments above the bar, he said.

Last week, Beacham had asked for an order of protection against a former employee, according to court records. In her request, Beacham claimed that the man had threatened to burn down her bar.

Vinson would not confirm whether the man named in the court document was a former employee of the bar and also said that some of the threats Beacham said she received could not be substantiated.

The protective order had not yet been served on the man at the time of the fire, Vinson said.

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