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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.

At 3:38 a.m., police and fire units responded to the 4400 block of Pintail Court, 21236, for a fire. They discovered the body of an adult female suffering from burn injuries laying on the front porch of her home. The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine cause of death.

The victim has been identified as Nana Aqua Boateng, 52, of the same address. 

The fire remains under investigation.

Revised September 27, 2016