Two Chimney Fires in South County Over the Weekend a Good Time for a Reminder

Fire in the chimney

Make sure your chimney is inspected and cleaned. An inspection can be a visual examination with a flashlight for a buildup of creosote deposits, which are black and flaky. Or you can hire someone who will both inspect and clean your chimney and cap.

We remind you of the chimney thing because a couple of chimney fires in South County over the weekend kept firefighters busy. Luckily, they  didn’t do a whole lot of damage or injure any firefighters or residents.

According to Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Cliff Kooser, a chimney fire in the 1700 block of Forestville Road near Brentwood Road in Londontown took 22 firefighters about 45 minutes to get under control. The call came through on Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries in that incident. Kooser did not have a damage estimate.

In addition, there was also a chimney fire in the 1000 block of Allen Avenue in West River on Saturday. Kooser did not have any follow-up information on that this morning.

Kooser said that a call for a car crash on Sunday on Route 50 near the I-97 interchange came in just before 1 p.m. The vehicle had rolled over. Firefighters called for the Maryland State Police helicopter to transport three victims to the hospital. One was a 31-year-old female and the remaining two victims were children—a girl, 3 and a boy, 5. All three were taken in serious but not life-threatening condition to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Despite the Superbowl win by the Baltimore Ravens, it doesn’t sound like there were any traffic fatalities due to intoxicated driving (although there were numerous calls around the county for various fender-benders).  The Anne Arundel County Police Department said that they would be running saturation patrols throughout the county.

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Larry Tolliver said, “officers will be on high alert for drunken drivers this weekend…we’ve had too many accidents that have ended tragically because of alcohol and that’s unacceptable.”

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