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A 66-year-old woman died Saturday evening in a one-alarm fire at her Rosedale townhome.

Rosa Mae Mason, of the unit block of King Charles Circle, died at the scene. The victim's son told police he heard her calling from her upstairs bedroom and tried to get her out of the middle-of-group townhouse, but he was unable to do so due to heavy smoke and rapidly spreading fire.

Baltimore County fire crews responded to the King Charles Circle address at about 7 p.m. First-arriving units found heavy smoke showing from the home. Some 17 pieces of equipment fought this fire. Fire personnel brought it under control in about 35 minutes.

The son, 36, who also lived at the King Charles Circle address, was evaluated at the scene but was not transported. One firefighter from White Marsh Volunteer Fire Co. was transported to the MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center with non-lifethreatening injuries.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators have not determined a cause for the fire but have confirmed that it was not deliberately set.

UPDATE (May 9, 2016  12:26 p.m.):

An investigation into a Rosedale apartment fire on Saturday afternoon has indicated that the fire was intentionally set.

Investigators found that the suspect was a resident in the apartment complex and had an ongoing dispute with management. At 12:15 p.m. that day, the suspect went to the rental office and complained about the stove in her apartment. She wanted the stove in her apartment replaced with the stove in the model apartment. After the rental agent told her that this was not possible, the suspect left. The suspect later returned and was visibly upset but left again. The rental agent felt unsafe so she locked the office door. The suspect then banged on the office door, put a flammable liquid on the door and the floor and set it on fire.

The suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

Baltimore County Fire Department medical personnel evaluated six people at the scene. Only one person was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

A total of 27 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment were assigned to the call. The fire, which reached two alarms, was brought under control at 12:57 p.m.

All of the residents in the apartment building were displaced. The Red Cross responded to work with apartment management on relocating the displaced residents.

The suspect has been identified as 59-year-old Romaine Wilson of the 2000 block of Kelbourne Road 21237. Police have obtained an arrest warrant for her in connection with this incident that charges her with first-degree arson, attempted first-degree murder and related charges. Wilson was transported to an area hospital after the incident and has not been served with the warrant yet.

Original release (May 7, 2016  2:03 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments were called to a fire at the Park East Apartments in the 2000 block of Kelbourne Road in Rosedale just after noon today. 
The fire quickly spread to 2-alarms. The Baltimore County Fire Department was able to bring the fire under control, but multiple apartments suffered enough smoke and water damage to displace their residents.  The Red Cross responded to the scene to assist those families in need. 
Baltimore County Police Department Arson Investigators also responded to the scene when the preliminary investigation indicated that the fire may have started in the rental office under suspicious circumstances. 

This incident will continue to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Arson Unit.

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.


Revised June 28, 2016