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A mother and her two small children -- a girl and a boy -- have died of injuries sustained in an early morning, two-alarm garden apartment fire in Hillendale.

The victims are Bra Angah-McCray, 26; Aimee McCray, 4; and Adriel McCray, 3. All lived in the apartment in the 6300 block of Holly Lane where the fire occurred.

Engine 11 (Hillendale) and other Baltimore County Fire Department units responded at 4:34 a.m. to the apartment complex in the 6300 block of Holly Lane. Engine 11 found fire showing from the third floor.

Engine 11, Engine 1 (Towson) and Truck 1 (Towson) entered the apartment to attack the fire and search for victims. Because of the early morning hour, crews feared that people might be trapped. Engine 11 found the three victims -- unconscious and in critical condition -- in a bedroom.

EMS and Fire crews attempted to resuscitate the victims and transported them to local hospitals. The mother and one of the children were transported to University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center; the other child was transported to Greater Baltimore Medical Center. All three were pronounced dead at the hospitals.

One firefighter was transported to St. Joseph for treatment of non-lifethreatening injuries sustained in the fire.

An investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators is ongoing, but detectives say preliminary information indicates this is an accidental fire that originated in the kitchen area. Foul play is not suspected.

Due to extensive fire and water damage to the apartment complex, 16 residents were displaced from their homes.

About 40 BCoFD units responded to this fire.

A promotional ceremony for 48 members of the Baltimore County Fire Department will take place at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, 21133 today at 1 p.m.

Fire Chief John J. Hohman and other county dignitaries are scheduled to attend. Clerk of the Court, Julie L. Ensor, will administer the oath of office to the promotees, and the Reverend Herbert Watson Jr. will deliver the invocation.

The following members are promoted:

Promoted to Assistant Chief
Jennifer Aubert-Utz
Paul Lurz

Promoted to Division Chief
Wayne Tome Sr.

Promoted to Battalion Chief
Lonnie Ledford
Thomas Ramey

Promoted to Fire Captain
Steven Czawlytko
James Hammond
Matthew Hill
Ronald Mastin Jr.
Kevin Nace
Stephen Sindler

Promoted to EMS Lieutenant
Matthew Beeker

Promoted to Fire Lieutenant
Jeffrey Chilcoat
Bruce Fleming
Kevin Ford
David Hohenberger
Charles Ritzman Jr.
Michael Szczesniakowski

Promoted to PM/FF
Caleb Spriggs

Promoted to Paramedic
Brendan Berkeridge
Thoas Cook Jr.
William Doetzer
Samantha Griffiths
Emma Hartline
Craig Hutton
Kathryn Klapka
Teresa Santos
Damon Smith

Promoted to FADO
Michael Cover
Brian Fraley
Brandon James
Salliann Muscella
Larry Roos Jr.
Robert Streett III

Promoted to Fire Specialist
Jessica Alford
Mark Badger
Justin Bruzdzinski
Bryan Compher
John McMahon
Marcus Perry
Cody Robinson
Wendy Stallings
Brandon Sussan
Carlos Washington Jr.

Promoted to Fire Executive Officer
Charnetta Holman

Promoted to Volunteer Administrator
Andrew Smith

Promoted to Management Analyst II
Kelly Thomas

Promoted to Executive Secretary
Mary McInnes





The Baltimore County Fire Department's annual Commendations Ceremony will be held tonight, 7 p.m., at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson. The ceremony honors first responders and civilians who have performed exceptionally over the past 12 months.

The night's highest award will be the Citizen's Medal of Honor. There are three recipients tonight; two are children.

  • An 11-year-old who fell into a well, along with another boy, and used courage and ingenuity to get out as quickly as possible and bring help.
  • A 9-year-old girl who saved her little sister from drowning at a White Marsh pool.
  • A man who saw his co-worker electrocuted at a MARC train station location, pulled him from danger, burning his hands.

The highest award given tonight for Fire personnel is the Bronze Star. Two recipients will receive that award.

  • An EMT who was on his way home when he came along a crash on I-695 involving a mother and two small children. He helped save them from a dangerous situation.
  • A Fire Lieutenant who rescued two children from an apartment fire.

Many others will be recognized with awards. Numerous citizens, including a County housing inspector, will receive recognition for performing life-saving CPR.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John Hohman will attend.

The Fire Department Commendations Board, comprised of career and volunteer personnel, considers nominations for awards based on specific criteria including intelligent decision making, skill, bravery and risk.

Revised June 27, 2017