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.