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Keyword: dwelling fire

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.

Original release (November 27, 2015  12:34 p.m.):

At 2:48 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to a home in the 3400 block of Cornwall Road 21222 for a report of a fire. When officers arrived on the scene, the house was fully involved.

A 25-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son were able to escape the home uninjured. Both will be staying with a relative while the home is repaired.

The fire was brought under control at 3:34 a.m. and has been determined to be accidental.

Approximately 11 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment were assigned to the incident.

At 6:05 a.m. this morning, the Baltimore County Fire Department responded to a home in the Unit block of Overhill Road 21228 for a report of a fire.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they observed heavy smoke coming from the home and later found a fire in the basement. The fire was placed under control at 6:57 a.m.

One civilian received minor injuries but was not transported to a medical facility. There were no reports of injuries to firefighters.

The family living in the home was displaced.

There were 16 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department Equipment dispatched to this fire.

Revised June 27, 2017