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Accidents ruled causes of two fires

Fires that killed an 11-year-old boy on Millers Island and heavily damaged a large industrial building in Woodlawn this month were both ruled accidental, Baltimore County fire investigators said yesterday.

A lighted cigarette left on a porch railing caused the fire July 7 that killed Jacob Grey in a waterfront house in the 8900 block of Hinton Ave, the Fire Department said. The cigarette fell to the ground and ignited, officials said.

Two adult relatives who were home at the time of the midmorning fire said they thought the boy had left the house and was playing outside. Firefighters said they found the boy in a corner of a second-floor office covered with rubble.

The house, owned by Carter and Bernice Myer, had been rebuilt after it was badly damaged in 2003 by Tropical Storm Isabel. The fire caused an estimated $340,000 in damage, investigators said.

The fire July 11 at Concrete Protection and Restoration Inc. in the 6700 block of Whitestone Road started in a trash can where hazardous materials and cleanup rags had been discarded, investigators said.

Fire officials said several large propane tanks in the 16,000-square-foot building exploded.

Damage to the business was estimated at $2.2 million, investigators said.

Ellie Baublitz


Guard opens maintenance shop

The Maryland National Guard will mark the opening of its new Dundalk Field Maintenance Shop at 2101 North Point Blvd. with a ceremony at 9 a.m. today.

The 20,000-square-foot facility at the Dundalk Armory will provide centralized maintenance to more than 275 military vehicles, along with other equipment, and will serve 15 units in the Baltimore area, officials said..

It replaces a 50-year-old, 3,500-square-foot facility.

Information: 443-250-7242.


PAL Field Day set Wednesday

The Maryland Police Athletic League will hold its fourth annual Field Day starting 10 a.m. Wednesday at Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave..

The event will feature track-and-field events with participants from police athletic leagues in Baltimore and Baltimore County, as well as Frederick and Laurel. More than 400 athletes are expected to compete.

Participants will be grouped in three age categories: 7-10, 11-13 and 14-17.

Information: 410-887-5892.

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