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.