Three Persons Flee Eldersburg Fire, Restaurant Destroyed

January 19, 1967

Fire early Saturday morning, Jan. 14, destroyed a large stone building, at the intersection of Rt. 26 and 32, Eldersburg, together with the Cross Roads Restaurant and the second story apartments.

Three occupants of the apartments barely had time to flee the flames, losing their personal possessions and furniture.

Mrs. Yiota Triboletti, owner and operator of the restaurant, was awakened by smoke and roused Mr. and Mrs. Harold Layton. The fire apparently started in a stairway.

Mrs. Triboletti suffered a heavy loss in the restaurant and its equipment. The building was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Fleming. One of the oldest in Eldersburg, the property formerly housed a store operated for a number of years by Harris Reed and by Walter Frizzell.

Sykesville firemen answered the first alarm at 2:51 a. m. and immediately called for assistance. In all, nine companies responded and helped to prevent spread of the flames to nearby property. One of the companies, Westminster, enroute to the fire, discovered the body of a man, apparently the victim of a hit and run driver, lying along Rt. 26, near Rt. 97, and summoned the Sykesville ambulance by radio. The injured man, identified as Bernard Smith, 29, colored, of Sykesville, was pronounced dead of a fractured skull by Dr. W. Glenn Spelcher, Carroll County medical examiner.

Additional companies with  men and apparatus on the scene at Eldersburg, included Liberty Road, Reese, Gamber, Pikesille, Reisterstown, West Friendship, Woodlawn and Owings Mills. Lisbon stood by at the Sykesville fire house while the local equipment was at the fire.

Firemen remained on the scene for more than five hours.

A member of the Reese company, Richard Lambert, suffered a hand injury fighting the fire. He was taken to the Baltimore County General Hospital in the Sykesille ambulance.

Over the weekend, many persons visited the fire scene. The lot was cleared of debris on Monday and Tuesday.

The Cross Roads Restaurant was the regular meeting place of the Freedom Optimist Club. The club held its meeting Tuesday Evening, Jan. 17, at the Drive In Restaurant, Liberty Road, near Eldersburg.


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