FORT MEADE FIRE
Damaged Building Found to Be Sound
A historic Fort Meade building that was heavily damaged in a six-alarm fire last week has been deemed structurally sound, base officials reported yesterday.
Some personnel from the 902nd Military Intelligence Group have been reassigned while cleanup work continues on the World War II-era brick-and-mortar Nathan Hale building, base officials said.
"Some of them are on administrative leave and others . . . are working in other space on post," said Jennifer Downing, a Fort Meade spokeswoman.
Army investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, which broke out at 3:05 p.m. Friday and wasn't extinguished until early Saturday, officials said. About 177 firefighters from Fort Meade and about two dozen civilian and military jurisdictions in the area responded to the fire, according to a release issued yesterday.
-- Ray McCaffrey
Silver Spring ACCIDENT
Boy Who Died in Crash Is Identified
Montgomery County police identified the 6-year-old Silver Spring child who died after being struck by a car Monday evening in Wheaton.
Erick Johnson and his 7-year-old brother, Derrick, were crossing the eastbound lanes of Bel Pre Road near Georgia Avenue when they were hit by a 2007 Toyota Camry. Erick died, and Derrick was injured. The two boys attended Bel Pre Elementary.
The boys were walking in front of their mother after picking up a younger sibling from a day-care center.