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Baltimore County Police and Fire News

Official News Blog of Baltimore County police, fire, homeland security and emergency management. Call 911 to report crimes in progress and emergencies.
Keyword: arson

Original release (June 29 1:36 p.m.):

A Sunday morning fire in Hampton Village has left a woman deceased.

At 7:34 a.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to a home in the 500 block of Valley View Road 21286 for a report of a fire. When fire personnel arrived on the scene, they saw smoke coming from the home.

Firefighters rescued the sole occupant of the home, a 58-year-old female, and transported her to St Josephs Medical Center where she was later declared deceased.

The fire was brought under control at 8:15 a.m. There were no reports of injuries to firefighters. Approximately 16 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment responded to the scene.

Based on results of the initial investigation, detectives believe the female rescued from the home intentionally started the fire.

Photograph courtesy of the Providence Volunteer Fire Company

UDPATE (June 4):

Robert McCann, the man charged in connection with a 2011 fire that left his mother deceased, has been returned to Maryland. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Booking Photograph of Robert McCann

Original release (May 29):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with the August 2011 fire in Halethorpe that left a woman deceased. The suspect is the victim’s son.

On August 25, 2011 at 2:41 a.m., Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to a home in the 2200 block of Alletta Avenue 21227 for a report of a fire. When fire personnel arrived on the scene, they found fire and smoke coming from the home.

When police arrived on the scene, they met with 58-year-old Robert McCann, a resident of the home who had been sitting in a vehicle in the driveway. McCann, who had minor burns and soot on his hands, clothing, and face, told them that his mother was still inside the home.

When firefighters searched the home, they found 90-year-old Edna Marie McCann in a bedroom. She was declared deceased at the scene.

The investigation of the fire by the Baltimore County Police Department indicated that Robert McCann had intentionally started the fire. A warrant was obtained for his arrest on May 14 of this year.

Robert McCann moved to Delaware after the fire. The Delaware State Police took him into custody Thursday morning. He is currently in Delaware awaiting extradition back to Maryland.

Each year for National Arson Awareness Week, the U.S. Fire Administration gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community.

This year’s National Arson Awareness Week theme is “Accelerant Detection Canines (ADC) – Sniffing Out Arson.” These canines are motivated helpers that are able to save both time and money in an arson investigation.

An ADC:

  • Has a sense of smell that is 100,000 times more acute than a human’s.
  • Knows how to work a crowd. At a fire scene, the dog is encouraged to mingle with spectators and give them a good sniff. If the arsonist is in the crowd watching, the ADC will alert to the smell of the accelerant on his or her clothes, shoes or body.
  • Is fast, covering an entire scene in less than 30 minutes. It can take humans days to do what a dog does in minutes.
  • Is an excellent addition to any community’s fire prevention and education program. In addition to averaging 90 fires a year, in their off hours, ADC teams head out into their communities to teach fire safety and prevention to kids and adults.

To learn more about the history and training of Accelerant Detection Canines, check out FEMA’s resources at www.usfa.fema.gov/aaw.

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