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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 "Prevent Wildfire Arson - Spread the Facts Not the Fire." Arson is the willful, malicious, intentional and/or reckless burning of your property or someone else’s. Wildfire arson takes place on underdeveloped wildland or uncultivated land comprised of forest, brush or grassland.

  • During the five-year period 2010-2014, 23 percent of wildfires reported were arson (U.S. Department of the Interior).
  • Individual arson fires can cause damages to resources and communities totaling over a hundred million dollars (U.S. Forest Service).
  • More than half a million wildfires are set by arsonists each year in the U.S., resulting in over $3 billion in damages (National Institute of Standards and Technology and U.S. Department of Agriculture).

To learn more about how to prevent wildfire arson, visit FEMA's website. Materials from previous Arson Awareness Week programs are also available to read and download.

A memorial service honoring 48 members of the Baltimore County Fire Service who have died over the past year will be held Sunday, September 27.

The ceremony will be held at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, Maryland. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This annual memorial ceremony honors career and volunteer firefighters, emergency medical personnel, ladies’ auxiliary members and other fire service members who passed away during the year.

Fire Chief John Hohman is scheduled to attend and participate in laying a wreath to honor the 18 career and 30 volunteer members lost during the past year.

Photo of Baltimore County Fire Memorial Shrine

On Thursday evening at 6:53 p.m., Baltimore County Fire Department units were dispatched to 1004 Wilson Point road, Middle River, for the report of an apartment fire.

Prior to the Fire Department's arrival, there were reports from a helicopter that there was a lot of smoke coming from the apartment building. The first units, from the Middle River Volunteer Fire Company, arrived at 6:56 p.m. and found fire showing from the first floor apartment located at 1004 Wilson Point road, with possible extension and people trapped on the second floor. A second alarm was requested at this time. The residents of the second floor apartment were able to self evacuate the apartment complex without the assistance from the fire department.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in the first floor apartment quickly, containing it to that apartment; there was no extension into the second-floor apartment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters on the scene.

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016