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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.

Starting today, the Fire Department will expand EMS service at four stations where demand for emergency medical calls is especially high.

Four Advanced Life Support medic units (ambulances) added last September to enhance service during peak evening hours now will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. The four medics are located at the Woodlawn, Pikesville, Golden Ring and Middle River fire stations.

EMS calls account for the overwhelming majority of Fire Department responses. In 2014, BCoFD responded to 91,521 EMS incidents, out of 126,686 total incidents.

"Every Baltimore County citizen deserves to know that trained EMTs and paramedics will be there to help when he or she needs it," said Fire Chief John Hohman. "The demand for EMS service continues to grow, and we recognize the need to grow with it."

PM Kelsey Adams and EMT Vincent Tabares, assigned to newly deployed Medic 116 in Golden Ring.The Baltimore County Fire Department this week significantly expanded emergency medical services, adding four advanced life support medic units to meet the growing demand for EMS.

The additional units were placed into service Monday at the Pikesville, Middle River, Golden Ring and Woodlawn career stations. This brings the number of career medical units in Baltimore County to 35.

The decision to invest $800,000 to expand EMS operations was announced last April, when County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled his Fiscal 2016 budget. EMS calls account for the overwhelming majority of calls handled by the Fire Department; about 92,500 of the 119,000 calls handled each year are medical calls. Moreover, the number of EMS calls continues to grow.

"This fundamental public service is a top priority," Kamenetz said. "When our citizens call for help because of a medical emergency, they deserve to know that qualified help will respond as quickly as possible."

The four medic units will be in service Monday through Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. -- hours of peak demand. BCoFD plans to expand these hours some time in the future.

In addition to medic units operating out of the County's career station, 20 advanced life support and two basic life support medic units are run by Baltimore County volunteer fire companies.

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016