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Baltimore County fire crews and Baltimore County police fire investigators remain on the scene of yesterday's massive three-alarm fire at a Baltimore Highlands plastics warehouse.

Photo of fire at Adell Plastics Inc.The fire at Adell Plastics Inc., in the 4500 block of Annapolis Road, 21227, remains under investigation; a cause has not been determined at this time.

The fire continues to burn. As of 1 p.m. today, three fire trucks and four engines remain on scene. County building engineers have ruled the building unsafe, and demolition crews are dismantling the building so firefighters can get to the seat of the fire.

Firefighters will be on the scene throughout the day. Annapolis Road remains closed from Nursery Road to Virginia Avenue.

Fire crews responded to Adell Plastics at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a building on fire. All occupants of the building evacuated before crews arrived, and no civilian injuries have been reported. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

Fire at Adell Plastics Inc.The warehouse was filled with cardboard boxes and other unknown material, and the fire quickly escalated. Commanders requested a second alarm at 1:11 p.m. and a third alarm at 1:15 p.m. Heavy black smoke was visible for miles.

The fire caused wall and roof collapses, and firefighters battled the blaze defensively; conditions made it unsafe for firefighters and, later, for investigators to go inside the building. Crews worked through the night, actively fighting the fire.

A focal point of the operation was preventing the fire from spreading to an area where hazardous materials were stored. A fire wall protecting this area proved helpful in in this regard.

About 55 pieces of fire equipment -- including support from Anne Arundel and Howard counties, Baltimore City and BWI -- fought this fire. At least 200 personnel were involved.

Fireman rescuing dog.The Baltimore County Fire Service is ready to assist animals that suffer smoke inhalation as a result of fires, thanks to a donation from a local company.

Invisible Fence® Brand of Baltimore will donate 58 pet oxygen kits to county fire stations during a press briefing scheduled tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21, 1 p.m., at Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. Chestnut Ridge VFC is located at 12020 Greenspring Avenue, Owings Mills, 21117.

While the primary goal of firefighters is saving human lives, Baltimore County’s fire service is committed to helping animals whenever possible. “For many pet owners, cats, dogs and other animals are members of the family,” said Fire Chief John Hohman. “We know how important it is to rescue them when we can.”

Dogs, cats, horses, deer, birds and rabbits are all pets that have been saved by Baltimore County fire crews.

Local Donation

The pet-friendly oxygen mask kits are donated as part of Invisible Fence® Brand of Baltimore’s “Project Breathe” initiative. This initiative supplies pet oxygen mask kits to fire stations so firefighters can save canine and feline victims of fire.

Invisible Fence® Brand of Baltimore will donate one kit for every career and volunteer station in Baltimore County. Each kit contains small, medium and large masks. They are specially designed to cover the pet’s muzzle and will deliver needed oxygen in a fire emergency. The kits cost nearly $3,500.

“Being able to help our local firefighters save pets’ lives is very important to us,” said Jeff Little, owner of Invisible Fence® Brand of Baltimore.

Each year, an estimated 500,000 pets nationwide are injured by fire. Some 40,000 pets die from fire and smoke inhalation.

Baltimore County Police and Fire celebrate the 12th Annual Public Safety Day on Saturday, September 17. The event will be held at 2626 Eastern Boulevard, 21220 (next to the Exxon Tiger Mart).

Public Safety Day for the general public begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families will spend 10 a.m. to 11a.m. interacting with police, firefighters and other first responders. This event is free.

Public Safety Day allows visitors an “up-close” look at police and fire equipment, and includes demonstrations given by Police, Fire and EMS personnel. The demonstrations are entertaining and educational.

Come see the following displays and demonstrations on Public Safety Day:

  • Police K-9 dogs in action
  • The BCoPD Tactical Team
  • Equipment displays
  • Police armored car
  • The Baltimore County Police helicopter
  • Police motorcycles
  • Seatbelt “Convincer”
  • Fire Department rescues, using Jaws of Life
  • Fire engines, Medic Units
  • Special events for kids, such as face painting, arts and crafts and finger printing

Participants include the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments; the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association; the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office; and other local and state agencies. This is your opportunity to bring your questions and concerns to Baltimore County’s public safety experts.

The Baltimore County Police and Community Relations Councils, Inc. and Pathfinders for Autism are sponsoring this free annual event.

Mark your calendar and join us for Public Safety Day on Saturday, September 17.


Photo of firefighters using Jaws of Life method for rescue efforts.









Photo of McGruff the Crime Dog on the Seatbelt Convincer equipment.









Photo of fire engine at Public Safety Day event.


Revised September 27, 2016