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Fire forces evacuation of residents from city high-rise

A single-alarm fire yesterday evening at a high-rise apartment building overlooking Druid Lake forced the evacuation of at least 50 residents, some of them in wheelchairs, said a Fire Department official at the scene.

Reported shortly after 7 p.m. at the Lakeview Tower Apartments in the 700 block of Druid Park Lake Drive, the fire was confined to a seventh-floor apartment. The occupant was not home at the time, said Battalion No. 3 Cmdr. John Ruff. He said the cause of the fire was being investigated.

Mark Matthews, a night security officer, said he and another employee notified all the residents through an intercom system to evacuate when a smoke detector in the apartment went off.

"Some of the residents were in wheelchairs, and so we carried them down stairways," Matthews said.

Outside, one resident, an elderly man, had trouble breathing and was given oxygen by medics.

The residents returned to their apartments in about two hours.

Richard Irwin


: UM

Lecture to explore foster care woes

The 17th Annual Louise and Abraham Makofsky Lecture is set for 9 a.m. tomorrow at the University of Maryland School of Social Work Auditorium, 525 W. Redwood St. The lecture will be delivered by Curtis McMillen, professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. His lecture is titled "Older Youth Leaving Foster Care: Old Dilemmas, New Insights and Fresh Solutions." The lecture is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Register online at ssw.umaryland. edu or call 410-706-5354.

Harford County

: Bel Air

Scheduled Colonial event is canceled

The Historical Society of Harford County and the Hays House Museum have canceled a Colonial encampment event that was scheduled for tomorrow through Sunday at Hays House and the Bel Air High School grounds because of construction work at the high school. Information: 410-838- 7691.

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