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Update (January 11, 2016):

Phillips Fitzgerald Lee III, 85, of the 300 block of Western Run Rd., died on January 8, 2016 of injuries sustained in this fire.

The cause of this fire remains undetermined and under investigation.

Original release (January 4, 2016  9 a.m.):

A fire in Hunt Valley early this morning has injured two elderly people, one of them critically.

At 12:23 a.m., Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to a home in the 300 block of Western Run Road 21030 for a fire. When police arrived on the scene, they found  the entire house on fire.

A second alarm was called by the Fire Department at 12:51 a.m.

A Maryland State Police Medivac Helicopter transported an 85-year-old man to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center for treatment of serious, life-threatening burns. He is in critical condition. An 80-year-old woman was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center by land for treatment of smoke inhalation. Her current condition is unknown.

The fire was brought under control at 2:06 a.m. Approximately 45 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment were assigned to this incident.

The fire is under investigation by Baltimore County Police Fire Investigators. The cause of the fire remains unknown. Investigators believe it started in the living room.

Photo of house fire on Essex Avenue in Essex.At 9:02 a.m., Baltimore County firefighters responded to a home in the 700 block of Essex Ave in Essex for a dwelling fire with rescue.  The Essex Fire Station's Engine 7 was the first unit on the scene and found a two-story single family home fully involved with fire.

Before the arrival of fire crews, a police officer and a neighbor made forcible entry into the home and rescued a woman from inside. She was treated at the scene by EMS personnel and later transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview for treatment. Her injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The woman told police that she was on the first floor of the home when she heard a loud noise and immediately saw fire and windows that had been shattered.

Because of the victim’s description of the fire, police are investigating to determine whether an incendiary device was involved. Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Early this afternoon, police located a neighbor who they believe may have information about this fire. Police are questioning this neighbor, who was located in his vehicle at the intersection of Rossville Boulevard and Orems Road.

One firefighter who fell on the ice and one police officer suffered minor injuries and were transported to Franklin Square Hospital for treatment.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.


Revised April 6, 2016