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Two children were seriously injured this afternoon in an apartment fire in the 2900 block of Lakebrook Circle in the Lansdowne area (21227).

The children's ages are believed to be six and 10. One was transported to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the other to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Both were transported by Baltimore County Fire Department medical personnel as Priority 1 patients.

Fire crews were dispatched at 1:26 p.m.; commanders called a second alarm at 1:32 p.m. Engine crews quickly located the two children inside the home, and personnel from Truck 5 (Halethorpe) rescued them.

About 12 families were displaced by this fire. The Red Cross was notified to assist.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

About 40 pieces of fire equipment responded to this call.

A Parkville man was arrested this morning and charged with first-degree arson in connection with the intentional burning of a home in the Middle River area a year ago.

Joseph Alphonzo Heinze II, 33, of the 3300 block of Taylor Avenue, 21234, is charged with first-degree arson and held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

On May 22, 2015, Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to a home in the 3900 block of Cutty Sark Road, 21220, for a fire. First responders found the first floor of the home on fire. Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire, and there were no reports of injuries.

The homeowner, Heinze, told investigators that he had left the home and when he returned it was on fire.

An investigation by BCoPD Arson detectives led to identification of Heinze as the person responsible for the fire. An arrest warrant was obtained for Heinze on December 6.

Detectives learned that Heinze is a Probationary Emergency Medical Technician with the Baltimore City Fire Department. It has not been confirmed if he was employed with the city Fire Department at the time of the May 22, 2015 fire.

Heinze also is a member of the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Dept. He has been suspended by the company.

Two Baltimore County Police officers and Essex fire crews helped rescue three people from a burning Essex home Tuesday night.

Just before midnight, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to a home in the 600 block of South Marlyn Avenue 21221 for a report of a fire. Police units arrived on the scene first and found flames coming from the home.

Engine 71 (Essex) took command quickly determined that occupants may be trapped. The engine crew rescued a 39-year-old woman from a first-floor bedroom; she was treated by BCoFD medic crews at the scene and transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. She remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The two Baltimore County Police officers and a "Good Samaritan" went into the home and evacuated a 39-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man from the basement. The two people assisted by the police officers were not injured.

The two BCoPD officers were transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation. Both were later released.

The incident is under investigation by Baltimore County Police Department fire investigators. The cause of the fire has not been determined and there no evidence of criminal activity at this time.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016