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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Shooting at mall in Gunman kills injures at least 2 Giants fans ugly In snow bowl Ct The Orioles' spending spree DECEMBER laze guts mansion Davidsonville family homeless Inferno 1.2M damage By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer A propane gas leak sparked a four-alarm fire yesterday afternoon that destroyed a Davidsonville man- injuring two people and leav- ing a family homeless just before More than 100 firefighters .from Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties fought the which began shortly before 3 p.m. and caused an 'estimated million In damage. Traffic was diverted from Route a major north-south for more than seven hours as a result of the fire Firefighters broke ice in nearby farm ponds to draw water to fight the which might have burned undetected for up to 20 minutes in a crawl space of the stately house at 3315 Davidsonville Battalion Chief J. Gary Sheckells said. The fire spread gutting the hilltop which sits next door to Idlewilde horse farm. The Dan returned from a trip to the Kennedy Center in at p.nv to find all but some furniture and three cars destroyed. Fire who remained on the scene late last ex- pected to return today. Chief Sheckells said a Michael had been installing two propane fireplaces in the house and was checking connections for gas leaks. By Bob Gilbert The Cipltal County firefighters battle four-Alarm Maze yesterday afternoon. The which investigators determined started after leaking propane was gutted the causing He accidentally ignited some leaking which burned un- detected in the crawl space below a wine ctllar'before emergency crews were Chief Sheckells said. It wasn't immediately known for whom Mr. Smith works. He was treated for smoke inhalation and released from Prince George's Shdck Trauma Unit. Simmons' Irene was treated for smoke inhalation and released from Anne Arundel Medical Center. She lives nearby and planned to lock up the house once the worker Chief Sheckells said. Eighteen three water five ladder trucks and three medical units were on the lining the shoulder of the rural road from Mt. Airy Road to beyond Union Memorial across from the house. Fire had spread throughout the length of the mansion in the crawl space when firefighters arrived on the nine minutes after the worker called 911 from a neighbor's Chief Sheckells said. County police blocked traffic be- tween Central Avenue and Mt. Airy Road past last night. Chief Sheckells said Mr. Sim- mons' three grown children live with him in the house. The family was staying with relatives in the he said. Several of them watched as fire- men fought the blaze. Mr. Simmons wouldn't but his Glenda Sim- said he had gone to the Kennedy Center before noon. Watching on Davidsonville Road as firefighters pumped water the front of her uncle's Robin Simmons of Arnold said. 'That's where my husband and I got mar- For the first hour that firefighters were on the gray smoke billowed from near the north chim- ney and across the roof line. Appar- Shoppers in final stretch retailers showing signs of panic By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Shirley Rapine and her had been out Christmas shopping each of the past four But that didn't stop them from filling up two shopping carts at the Kmart in Edgewater yesterday with last-minute items. They were among thousands of shoppers who Jammed area malls and roadways during the shopping hours before Christmas Carol With carts loaded with toys for her four Shirley Rapine said she figures she spent more money this season than and prices have been she said. But area retailers might say the Rapines were the exception this year. retail sales have been listless all and local retail analysts said making up sales during the final weekend before Christmas is difficult. there wasn't momentum going into the period and nld Sally Plan sends disruptive youths to tightly disciplined school By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer Disruptive whose ranks are growing in the would be sent to a tightly disciplined high school under a plan being prepared by Superintendent Carol S. Parham. The set to be unveiled Jan. 3 to the school has already received mixed reviews. One school board member likened the plan to bigger and better Similar to the Learning an Annapolis middle school for disruptive the school would place expelled students in a disci- plined environment. The idea is to rehabilitate them before they return to their regular schools. is really to keep'young people in Mrs. Parham said. they're it's a community and it's not cost- effective for us to put them out on the The proposal comes as reports of disciplinary problems have soared since the start of the school year. While school officials would like a new school to open by January board Vice President Carlesa R. Flnney said she's skeptical about any plan that separates problem children. I think 99 percent of the board members are glad to have another jail to send these ruffians Ms. Flnney said. very this 'building bigger and better jails' syndrome we're getting Page LOW Partly sunny to- day. Hurries tomorrow. D2 Carolina The Carolina Panthers are showing the Redskins how to build from the bottom up. think that we've earned some said coach Dom Capers. Cl ON Redskins vs. 4 p.m. on channel 5. Sale could possibly benefit local group. PI MUTUAL Sharpe ratio helpful in decision process. M INTRO TO Knowbots find what you seek. M An identity crisis you can live with. M More and more of us are collecting. El Dave Barry's results of Smut Patrol survey. El It's time to haul out the holly. E4 Snowmobiles offer backwoods freedom. ES Arundel Report 01 Editorials A1011 Lottery...............A4 Clautfwd.....F110 Movies.............E2 Obituarlw.........02 Cap Camera.... F8-9 Police Beat........02 ClaeeMed...................26A-7000   

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