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Photo of house fire on Beech Avenue in Overlea.

A 34-year-old woman has died of injuries sustained last night in an Overlea house fire.

At 10:46 p.m., police and fire units were dispatched to the 6900 block of Beech Avenue, 21206 for a report of a dwelling fire. A neighbor observed visible flames coming from the home and called for help.

The first arriving police officers on the scene located a man on the porch roof and used a ladder provided by neighbors to assist him down to the ground.

Neighbors advised that there were still possibly two residents inside the home. Fire personnel were able to locate and extricate one adult woman from inside the house. It was determined the third resident was not home at the time of the fire and that all residents had been evacuated.

The woman, identified as Samantha Armstrong, was transported Priority 1 to Franklin Square Hospital, and then the trauma center at Bayview Medical Center. She was pronounced deceased at 2:05 a.m.

About 30 fire units fought this fire, including units from Baltimore City. Baltimore County’s Engine 7 was the first arriving and, along with Baltimore City’s Ladder 30 and Engine 56, played a leading role.

Detectives believe the fire began in the kitchen ceiling. Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the fire.

A second fire was reported in the vicinity at 9:38 p.m. at a vacant structure in the 7500 block of Belair Road. Fire investigators do not believe this is related to the Beech Avenue fire.

UPDATE (April 24, 2017; 11:30 a.m.): Ebony Johnson has been located unharmed. Thanks to everyone who shared her information.

Original release (April 17, 2017; 10:16 a.m.): The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 28-year-old woman.

Ebony Charee Johnson was last seen on April 2, 2017, around St. Agnes Lane, Baltimore, 21207. Ebony is 5’04” and weighs 110lbs. She was last seen wearing a black windbreaker and grey sweatpants.  

If anyone has information as to her whereabouts, please contact Police Liaison at 410-307-2020.

Update: 3/16/17 8:00 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have confirmed that Mr. Monahan has been located and he is unharmed. Thank you to those who shared the information concerning this missing man. 


Photo of Zachery Monahan, missing from the Essex area.

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a man missing in the Essex area. Zachery Monahan is a white male, 28 years old, 5'11" with brown eyes and black hair.

Police are concerned because he has critical medical issues. He was known to be on the way to Franklin Square Hospital but has not arrived.

If you have any information on the location of Zachery Monahan, please call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Revised September 27, 2016