Brush fire suspicious

CUMBERLAND — A small brush fire reported Wednesday at 6:26 p.m. between westbound Interstate 68 and Marion Street is being considered suspicious, according to Deputy Chief Bill Beeghly of the Cumberland Fire Department.

“There’s basically no reason a fire should have occurred in that area,” Beeghly said.

It took firefighters approximately an hour-and-a-half to extinguish the fire, which covered an area of 150-by-30 feet “on probably one of the steepest banks on the east side,” according to Beeghly.

Firefighters had to cut through a fence to get to the fire and they had to wet down the whole hillside using the ladder truck, Beeghly said.

Cumberland Police Department assisted at the scene.

Police vehicle nearly struck

OAKLAND — A 28-year-old North Carolina man was arrested Wednesday at 1:27 a.m. by Garrett County sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly crossed the center line and nearly struck an undercover police vehicle head-on.

The undercover deputy then followed the vehicle and stopped it, assisted by several marked police vehicles.

Bernardino Solis Pala-icou was charged with driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, failure to drive right of center and negligent driving.

Palaicou was taken to the Garrett County Detention Center to await a bond hearing, and was later released after posting $1,000 bond, according to a jail spokesman.

Fire originated in furnace room

FROSTBURG — The cause of a fire that was reported Tuesday at 8:26 a.m. in a block storage building at 11304 Kemp Drive owned by Richard Linn is still under investigation, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The fire originated in an interior furnace room and was discovered by a lawn care worker, according to the fire marshal’s office.

Damage to the structure is estimated at $30,000 and the contents $20,000. Deputy state fire marshals Mike Mattingly and Jason Mowbray investigated at the scene.

Twenty-five firefighters from Frostburg, Shaft, Eastern Garrett, LaVale, Mount Savage, Grantsville, Clarysville and Bowling Green responded.

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