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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.

Photo of fire at apartments on Glen Michael Lane in Randallstown.Baltimore County Fire crews were dispatched to 8511 Glen Michael Lane in Randallstown at 9:51 p.m. last night. Upon arrival, crews found heavy fire coming from a third floor apartment. They immediately requested a working fire assignment and second alarm. 

The fire quickly spread to the common attic area of the building and traveled across to a second, adjoining building. Although crews were able to stop the fire relatively quickly, there was significant damage to both buildings. As a result, 23 units (all in both buildings) were deemed uninhabitable at the time. It is estimated that 50-70 residents were displaced. Baltimore County Fire and Police crews worked with the leasing office and the American Red Cross to find alternative living arrangements for these residents. 

The incident was placed under control at 11:01 p.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department's Fire Investigation Unit.

UPDATE (November 22, 2016  12:43 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team has completed its investigation into the April 6 school bus crash in Parkton that sent 10 people, including the driver, to area hospitals.

The crash investigation indicated that a Baltimore County School bus was traveling north-bound on York Road north of Bunker Hill Road. The bus lost control, crossed over south-bound lanes of traffic, went off the roadway, struck a utility pole, and turned on its right side.

The bus driver, 65-year-old Bonnie Faye Pessaro of Freeland, was issued the following citations:

  • Failure to drive right of center lane
  • Failure to control speed to avoid a collision
  • Failure to reduce speed on curve
  • Negligent driving
  • Operating motor vehicle when not restrained by seat belt

Pessaro is schedule to appear in District Court on January 26, 2017 in connection with the charges.

UPDATE (April 7, 2016  9:42 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate a school bus crash in Parkton yesterday that left 10 people injured. 

The preliminary investigation into the crash has indicated that a Baltimore County School bus was traveling north-bound on York Road north of Bunker Hill Road. The bus lost control, crossed over south-bound lanes of traffic, went off the roadway, struck a utility pole, and turned on its right side. 

There were at least 43 students and one driver on the bus. The driver, 65-year-old Bonnie Faye Pessaro of Freeland, was transported to Sinai Trauma Center for treatment. Her current condition is unknown. Nine of the students on the bus were transported to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. That investigation is expected to take several weeks.     

UPDATE (April 6, 2016  9:31 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Fire Department has updated the number of people involved in this crash.

There were 42 people on board the bus. The driver was taken to Sinai Trauma Center and nine students were transported to area hospitals. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

UPDATE (April 6, 2016  4:35 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Fire Department has updated the number of people involved in this crash.

There were 42 people on board the bus. The driver was taken to Sinai Trauma Center and eight students were transported to area hospitals. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

Original release (April 6, 2016  3:49 p.m.)

At 2:36 p.m. this afternoon, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the area of York Road and Bunker Hill Road for a crash involving a school bus. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a Baltimore County School bus on its side.

There were 39 people on board the bus. The driver was transported to Sinai Trauma Center and five students were transported to other area hospitals. The rest of the students were taken to Hereford High School.

The cause of the crash remains unknown.

The crash is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. That investigation is expected to take several weeks.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017