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Last night's three-alarm fire at a Pikesville high rise apartment building remains under investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

Two people were transported to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries sustained in this fire, and an estimated eight to 10 people were displaced from their apartments. The fire rendered five units uninhabitable.

County fire crews were dispatched to the 100 block of Slade Avenue at 10:09 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a fire in a six-story apartment building. The Pikesville Fire Station's Engine 2 was first on the scene, finding many residents in the building and smoke showing. Commanders called for a second alarm at 10:14 p.m. A third alarm was called at 10:46 p.m.

Firefighters helped several residents shelter in place on balconies until truck companies were able to rescue them. Companies involved in the rescues included Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Co., Westview Fire Station and Randallstown Fire Station.

A Maryland Transit Adminstration bus was dispatched to provide shelter for residents evacuated during this operation. After the fire was brought under control and after firefighters tested the air to make sure the smoke had cleared enough to be safe, all residents (except those living in the five units rendered uninhabitable) were able to return to their homes.

About 35 pieces of career and volunteer equipment responded to this fire.

Baltimore County Fire Department tactical rescue experts Sunday evening rescued an 11-year-old boy who had fallen into a well on the grounds of a Rosedale McDonald's.BCoFD crews rescue boy from 35' well.

Crews from Texas Station #17, home of the BCoFD's tactical unit, and confined space teams from Pikesville and Bowleys Quarters volunteer fire companies were among the units dispatched at 6:39 p.m. to the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue.

Two 11-year-old boys had been playing outside the McDonald's when they fell into a 36-inch, stone-lined opening that was covered with landscape fabric and mulch. One of the boys started to fall into the hole but was able to get out before he fell in completely; he called for help. The other boy was stuck 30 to 45 feet below the surface.

Crews from Station 17's Tower 17 used a rope system to lower a firefighter into the hole, where he was able to reach the boy and secure him to a harness. At 7:15 p.m., rescue crews lifted both the boy and the firefighter to safety.

Both boys were transported to Johns Hopkins Children's Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The hole appears to be an old well and is the property of McDonald's. This morning, Baltimore County Public Works crews covered it with a steel plate for safety.

A firefighter from Tower 17 brings up the boy who fell into this well.

Original release (February 25, 2016  8:30 a.m.):

February is Black History Month. The Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments take this opportunity to recognize African Americans who have been pioneers in these agencies.

Fire Specialist Isaac "Ike" Burke -- the Baltimore County Fire Department's third African American member -- impacted the careers of hundreds of BCoFD members.This collage, with testimonials from many who knew FS Burke, hangs at BCoFD headquarters.

Hired in 1979, FS Burke began his career at the Middle River Fire Station. His influence really began in 1982, when he was assigned to Applicant Investigations, supervising BCoFD's recruitment and hiring. By the time FS Burke retired in 2005, 85 percent of the department's sworn members had been hired under his watch.

FS Burke was a cheerful, optimistic person, well-liked by his colleagues. He handled new hires and prospective employees with tact, firmness and honesty.

FS Burke died, too young, in 2006 after a battle with cancer. His impact on the department is so great that an award has been established in his honor. The Isaac Burke Memorial Award is given to a recruit from each graduating class who exemplfies BCoFD's motto, PRIDE (Professionalism, Resourcefulness, Integrity, Dedication and Education).

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016