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Date: Mar 17, 2020

A 56-year-old man died yesterday in a fire that destroyed his camper.

The victim is James Benidict Smith. His camper was parked in the 1300 block of Seling Ave., 21237, when the fire occurred.

BCoFD crews responded to the Seling Avenue address at 8:47 a.m. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and found the victim, deceased, in the rear of the camper. 

Baltimore County Police fire investigators have ruled this an accidental fire that began on top of the camper's built-in range. 

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt would like the public to be aware of changes the police department has made in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. These changes are designed to assist the police department in maintaining a safe and uninterrupted police response to calls for service. Changes include online reporting, telephone reporting, and safe responses by police officers.

Please, watch this public safety video on our YouTube page for more information:

Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt PSA Regarding Departmental Response to COVID-19

You can file a report for some incidents online. To see if online reporting is an option for you, visit our web page here: File a Police Report Online

When calling the non-emergency police response phone number, 410-887-2222, your call will be screened to see if it qualifies for telephone reporting. If your call qualifies, you will be advised that your request meets the criteria for telephone reporting and that you will receive a return call from a staff member of the telephone reporting unit.

Revised June 27, 2017