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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 (June 3):

Investigators have determined that the fire was caused by an overloaded power strip. The Medical Examiner has ruled that 87-year-old Wilfred Owen Quimby died from smoke inhalation. His daughter, 57-year-old Ellen Ameta McColl, remians hospitalized.

The Baltimore County Fire Department reminds everyone not to overload a power strip. Power strips should also be inspected on a regular basis for signs of wear and replaced if needed.

Information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Original release (June 1):

A fire this morning in Randallstown has left a man deceased and a woman in critical condition.

At 8:20 a.m., Baltimore County firefighters responded to a home in the 9100 block of Bengal Road 21133 for a report of a fire. Additional information was received that there may be people trapped inside. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they encountered heavy fire coming from the home.

Firefighters rescued two people from the home, 87-year-old Wilfred Owen Quimby and his daughter, 57-year-old Ellen Ameta McColl. Quimby was transported to Northwest Hospital where he was later declared deceased. McColl remains hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in critical condition.

A dog was also rescued from the home.

This incident is under investigation by Baltimore County Fire investigators. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Approximately 19 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment were assigned to this incident.

An "After the Fire Walk" will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. today at 4 Tricount Court in Owings Mills. This was the site of a two-alarm apartment fire that occurred on Tuesday morning, leaving one person deceased, one transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center in critical condition and two additional people injured.

Firefighters from the Garrison and Franklin career stations and the Owings Mills and Reisterstown volunteer companies will meet with residents of the apartment complex to reinforce fire safety issues, discuss the circumstances of the fire and provide fire safety materials.

Division Chief Michael Robinson will be available to answer questions about this fire and fire safety.

Revised June 27, 2017