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Update, November 6:

This fire was declared under control Thursday at 7:45 p.m.

Three firefighters who suffered minor injuries or illness were treated and released from local hospitals.

Original release:

Baltimore County Fire crews continue fighting a two-alarm fire at a three-story home in the 1000 block of Rolandvue Road in the Ruxton area.

Crews responded at 11:46 a.m. and found the wood shingle home fully involved with fire. Firefighters faced several challenges including steep terrain and the home's balloon construction, a type of construction that uses vertical void spaces without firestops; fires spread more quickly in balloon-frame structures.

No one was in the house when the fire started.

One firefighter who reported feeling ill was transported to Greater Baltimore Medical Center as a precaution.

Firefighters attempted to go inside the house, but commanders ordered an evacuation because the structure was not safe. Firefighting continued from the outside.

Thirty-six pieces of equipment responded.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

PM Kelsey Adams and EMT Vincent Tabares, assigned to newly deployed Medic 116 in Golden Ring.The Baltimore County Fire Department this week significantly expanded emergency medical services, adding four advanced life support medic units to meet the growing demand for EMS.

The additional units were placed into service Monday at the Pikesville, Middle River, Golden Ring and Woodlawn career stations. This brings the number of career medical units in Baltimore County to 35.

The decision to invest $800,000 to expand EMS operations was announced last April, when County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled his Fiscal 2016 budget. EMS calls account for the overwhelming majority of calls handled by the Fire Department; about 92,500 of the 119,000 calls handled each year are medical calls. Moreover, the number of EMS calls continues to grow.

"This fundamental public service is a top priority," Kamenetz said. "When our citizens call for help because of a medical emergency, they deserve to know that qualified help will respond as quickly as possible."

The four medic units will be in service Monday through Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. -- hours of peak demand. BCoFD plans to expand these hours some time in the future.

In addition to medic units operating out of the County's career station, 20 advanced life support and two basic life support medic units are run by Baltimore County volunteer fire companies.

A memorial service honoring 48 members of the Baltimore County Fire Service who have died over the past year will be held Sunday, September 27.

The ceremony will be held at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, Maryland. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This annual memorial ceremony honors career and volunteer firefighters, emergency medical personnel, ladies’ auxiliary members and other fire service members who passed away during the year.

Fire Chief John Hohman is scheduled to attend and participate in laying a wreath to honor the 18 career and 30 volunteer members lost during the past year.

Photo of Baltimore County Fire Memorial Shrine

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