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Original release (October 15, 2015  11:12 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged two juveniles in connection with a three-alarm apartment fire yesterday.

Just after 5 p.m., Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to the Millbrook Park Apartments in the 6900 block of Millbrook Park Drive 21215 for an apartment fire. When Engine 2 (Pikesville Station) arrived on the scene, they observed a large pile of the trash to the rear of an apartment building on fire and the fire was spreading into the building.

The fire quickly spread to three apartment buildings, reaching three alarms within 20 minutes of firefighters first arriving on the scene. Approximately 30 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department Equipment were assigned to the fire, which was brought under control at 6:25 p.m.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the fire. Residents in three apartment buildings were displaced and 28 apartments sustained water damage. The damage is estimated at $500,000.

Detectives with the Baltimore County Police Arson Unit responded to the scene and determined that the fire had been deliberately set in a pile of trash and mattresses to the rear of one of the buildings.

Police were able to identify a 12-year-old male and 11-year-old male as the persons responsible for starting the fire. Both juveniles have been charged as juveniles in connection with this incident. Due to legal restrictions, no further information can be released about the juveniles.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Arson Unit.

Baltimore County Police have charged a Washington DC woman after she threw gasoline on her boyfriend and set his house on fire.

Lisa Lashell Finley (29) of the 700 block of Delafield Street in North-East Washington DC has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and first-degree assault. She is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Just before 5 p.m. on July 19, Baltimore County Police were called to a home in the 10800 block of Sherwood Hill Road in Owings Mills for a domestic. While they were still en route, officers were advised that the house was now on fire. When officers arrived on the scene, they met with the homeowner. He advised that Finley, who is his girlfriend, came to the location and threw gasoline on him. She then held a lighter and stated that she was going to kill him. He then fled the home.

The victim further stated that when he returned, he found a fire inside the home. The fire was extinguished by a sprinkler system.

Finley turned herself in at the Franklin Precinct Monday afternoon.

Booking Photograph for Lisa Lashell Finley

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

Revised September 27, 2016