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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 Halethorpe man has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Theron E. Weimer Jr., 37, of the 5100 block of Westland Blvd., 21227, is held on $150,000 bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

An investigation last month by the Crimes Against Children Unit led detectives to an IP address used by Weimer. The investigation found numerous files containing explicit images of prepubescent girls. The investigation does not show that Weimer sexually abused children.

A search and seizure warrant was executed at the Westland Boulevard address.

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.

Revised September 27, 2016