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Date: Mar 6, 2017

A 28-year-old man died Sunday when an early morning fire heavily damaged his Parkville area home.

Daniel James Hutchins, of the 8700 block of Lackawanna Ave., 21234 was found by Baltimore County fire crews, deceased in the second floor master bedroom after a one-alarm fire. The cause of the fire remains undetermined. Baltimore County fire investigators determined the fire was not intentionally set.

A dog also died in the fire.

Two other people, as well as another dog, were on the first floor at the time of the fire and managed to escape just as the stairway collapsed. Hutchins, tragically, was trapped upstairs and could not escape.

Fire crews responded at 3:44 a.m. The first arriving unit, Parkville's Engine 10, found the home fully involved with fire, with fire venting through the roof. For about an hour, the fire was too intense to permit firefighters to enter the building.

When fire crews did enter the building, they found that the fire had burned multiple holes through the floor, as well as a 20' by 10' hole in the roof; at one point commanders ordered all personnel to evacuate for safety.

UPDATE (March 6, 2017 1:30 p.m.):

The suspect in last night’s homicide on Kirkwall Court has been identified as Devin Scott Vallade II, the victim’s 19-year-old son.

Father and son were involved in an argument that escalated when the suspect retrieved his father’s handgun and confronted him, shooting him once in the upper body. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by Baltimore County Fire personnel.

Vallade was taken into custody at the scene and is charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Murder and is being held on a no-bail status.

Original Release (March 6, 2017  12:24 a.m.):

On March 5, 2017 just before 10 p.m., County police received a call for a shooting inside a house in the 8100-block of Kirkwall Court, 21286.

When officers arrived, they found the victim on the upper level of the house suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has been identified as Devin Vallade, 46, of the 8100-block of Kirkwall Court, 21286.

The suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

More information will be provided after detectives file charges in this case. 

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016