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Date: Nov 2018

The Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team is continuing to investigate an overnight fatal crash on Baldwin Mill Road.

Police responded to Baldwin Mill Road near Sweet Air Road around 1:25 a.m. when a 1998 Toyota Camry traveling northbound left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. The driver, identified as Jeremiah Matthew Wright (31) of the 2700 block of Fallston Road, 21047, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Crash Team is continuing to investigate the factors that led to this fatal crash.

Fire investigators have ruled the first of two firesGreenspring Avenue 3-alarm fire, November 22-23. at a large, two-story Greenspring Avenue home last week accidental, caused when sparks rising out of a fireplace and chimney ignited the roof. The cause of second fire -- a three-alarm blaze that destroyed the home -- will remain undetermined because the damage is so extensive that investigators cannot pinpoint the origin.

Investigators said suspicious activity is not a factor in either fire.

Fire crews were dispatched to the 10700 block of Greenspring Ave., 21093, at 1:52 p.m. on Thanksgiving Greenspring Avenue 3-alarm fire, November 22-23Day for a dwelling fire.

BCoPD investigators said the family was at home, having a Thanksgiving gathering, when one of the children playing outside saw fire on the roof. The occupants self-evacuated, and firefighters contained the fire by 2:49 p.m. Fire damage largely was contained to the roof and an upstairs bedroom.

Fire crews were dispatched to the same Greenspring Valley address at 3:32 a.m. Friday. Commanders reported fire through the roof at 3:53 a.m. and called for a second alarm. The fire spread quickly, and several large-capacity tankers were deployed to try to contain it. Commanders requested a third alarm at 4:22. At one point, all fire personnel were ordered to evacuate the structure because of the threat of building collapse. A partial collapse occurred at 5:03 a.m.

No injuries were reported. Investigators said that, because of water and fire damage to the main house from the first fire, the family spent the night in an adjacent pool house. The child who told his parents about the first fire also saw the second fire and alerted the family. All occupants got out on their own.

More than 40 pieces of fire equipment were required to fight the three-alarm fire. 

The Baltimore County Police Department asks every resident to participate in this year’s Community Assistance Network (CAN) Food Drive. Beginning on Monday, November 26, donation boxes will be conveniently located in the public areas of all ten police precincts. This provides easily accessible and secure collection sites for donations that will go directly to those who are struggling.

Citizens can drop off non-perishable food, canned foods, as well as hygiene and paper products such as bathroom tissue. Some suggestions of non-perishable nutritional foods include soups, tuna, salmon, chili, chicken and ham; peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables; hot and cold cereals; pasta and rice. If possible, buy packages that have flip-tops or do not require a can opener.

There are families who must face hunger every day. You have the power to help. CAN operates the largest food pantry in Baltimore County and provides supplemental food to 35 to 40 Baltimore County low-income families per day. Your donation provides supplemental food to the 23,000 people they serve in Baltimore County each year.

Drive Ends on December 14

This drive ends December 14. But don't wait until the last minute. When shopping, buy one item for your family and one item for a needy family. This simple act of kindness could literally save a life. Please drop off your donation today.

Revised June 27, 2017