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Woman hurt escaping fire in Northwest Baltimore

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A female resident of an apartment in Northwest Baltimore was injured yesterday after she jumped from her second-floor balcony to escape a fire, the city Fire Department said. The unidentified woman, who injured her ankle, was treated at the scene in the 2200 block of Tucker Lane before being taken to a hospital, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman. Firefighters responded to a call about 3:30 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Apartments. Cartwright said 10 apartments were damaged. Four were affected by the fire itself, and the other units had water damage. He said that a preliminary investigation suggested that the fire might have been started by food left on a stove.

Hanah Cho and Joe Burris

Electrical fire prompts apartment evacuation

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Residents of a Columbia apartment complex were displaced last night after an underground fire and reports of an unusual odor in the area. Shortly after 9 p.m., the Howard County fire department responded to reports of a gas leak at the Columbia Landing apartment complex in the 8900 block of Tamar Drive. Power was cut to the building and residents were evacuated. After inspection by BGE, it was determined there was a problem with an underground electrical cable, according to an employee with Equity Management, which maintains the complex. According to the Equity worker, who would not give his name, a spark from the underground cables lit insulation, causing the odor. As he posted notices last night about relocation at the Hampton Inn Columbia, the worker said 18 units were evacuated, and 19 families were placed at the Columbia hotel. He said BGE is fixing the cables and that residents would be able to return today.

Joe Burris

Pedestrian, 20, is killed crossing road in Edgewood

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A 20-year-old Washington resident died Friday night after being struck by a car in Edgewood, state police said. Mary Saludares was crossing Route 24 at Edgewood Road just after 10 p.m. when she was struck by a silver-colored Chevrolet Impala driven by Robert Kane of Abingdon. Saludares was pronounced dead at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Hanah Cho

McDaniel professor and students offer tax help

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McDaniel College business professor Susan Milstein and nearly 40 students are providing free tax-preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers through April 4. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is designed to help single filers earning less than $35,000 and couples earning no more than $50,000. Assistance is available by appointment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, call 410-871-3344 or send an e-mail to vitatax@mcdaniel.edu.

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