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Last week's 3-alarm fire at Loafers Sports Bar & Grill in Catonsville remains under investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

The popular restaurant and nightclub suffered significant damage in the August 30 fire; investigators estimated damages at about $1 million.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 3:59 p.m. to the restaurant, frequently called Loafers Lounge, in the 6500 block of Baltimore National Pike, 21228. A fire marshal from Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services who saw smoke coming from Loafers as he was driving on U.S. 40 called 911.

At about the same time, patrons in the restaurant 3-alarm fire, Loafers Sports Bar & Grillsmelled smoke and alerted an employee. Fire crews found heavy fire when they arrived. A second alarm was called at 4:12 p.m., and a third alarm at 4:49 p.m. Crews moved to defensive operations, fighting the fire from the outside.

BCoPD fire investigators have determined that the fire started in an exterior wall surrounding the second-story staircase. The cause remains under investigation.

Two career and one volunteer firefighter were transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters rescued 15 goldfish from a large aquarium inside the nightclub.


The driver and a passenger in a Nissan Altima were killed yesterday evening in a crash on Baltimore National Pike near Pine Street.

Crash investigators were dispatched to the scene at 5:41 p.m. after the Nissan Altima was attempting to make a left turn in front of traffic from Baltimore National Pike onto Pine Street and was struck by a Toyota Scion, then pushed into a Toyota Sienna stopped on Pine Street.

Drivers of both the Scion and Sienna were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. Additional passengers in the Sienna were uninjured.

The driver and passenger of the Altima suffered critical injuries and were transported to R Adams Shock Trauma Center where they later died. They are identified as George Guss Stavrakos (85) and Ramadasa Subraya Bhatta (66), both of the 900 block of Coleridge Road, 21229.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is continuing their work to discover the factors contributing to this crash.

At 1:30 a.m. on April 25, 2019, a Baltimore County Police officer heard the sound of several gunshots in the area of Baltimore National Pike and St. Agnes Lane, 21229. The officer searched the area and found a victim, 32-year-old male, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. He was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The victim’s condition is unknown at this time. If anyone has information about this crime, please call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

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Revised June 27, 2017