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Three-Alarm Apartment Fire in Middle River, MD

By MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG, Senior Correspondent | July 05, 2020 | MARYLAND

Story No. 070520103

Around 3:30 pm on Sunday July 5, 2020, Fire Box 12-8 was struck reporting smoke coming from an apartment building in the 9900 block of Dehavilland Way in Middle River at The Commons at White Marsh complex. First-arriving Baltimore County Fire Department Engine 12 reported fire in a 3-story garden-style apartment building, with possible occupants trapped. Engine 12's officer also urgently requested a Baltimore County Police Department response for civilians who were attempting to enter the burning structure. A Working Fire/Rapid Intervention Dispatch was quickly sounded, followed soon thereafter by a second alarm as firefighters faced fire in the attic and through the roof, traveling to a second attached building. Firefighters laid multiple supply and attack lines, set up ladder pipes and threw ground ladders on sides Alpha and Delta, and command requested a third alarm as the fire spread. The fire was brought under control in about two hours. More than 20 units were affected, with multiple individuals displaced, and the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to the scene. The fire is under investigation, however it is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike as heavy storms were moving through the area. One civilian and two firefighters were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

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