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Two people were injured and two families comprising six people displaced following an apartment fire this morning in the Wilkens area.

Fire crews were dispatched at 6:26 a.m. to the 4300 block of Alan Drive, 21229, for an apartment fire with rescue. First-arriving units found several people trapped and calling for help from upper-story windows. 

Commanders called for a second alarm at 6:40 a.m. Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire and called it under control at 6:59 a.m.

Crews from Baltimore County career and volunteer stations rescued the trapped residents from a rear bedroom window; the front of the apartment was filled with smoke.

Two young adult women were transported to University of Maryland Medical Center, one with minor injuries and one with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The Red Cross responded to assist with the displaced residents.

Two cats died in the fire.

 BCoPD fire investigators concluded that the fire was accidental and started on a stovetop in one of the upper story apartments.

A 59-year-old woman died in a one-alarm, New Year's Day apartment fire in Dundalk.

Lillian Lyman Lindeman, of the 2800 block of Dunlawn Ct., was pronounced deceased at the scene by BCoFD EMS personnel after repeated attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.

Engine 7 (Essex) and other east side crews were dispatched at 9:40 p.m. after another resident of the apartment building reported smoke in his unit. Firefighters found the victim's apartment filled with smoke and located the victim -- who was unresponsive -- in the living room. EMS crews immediately began advanced life support care.

The resident who reported the fire was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

BCoFD fire investigators determined that the fire began when smoking materials ignited combustible items. The fire and smoke damage mainly was limited to the apartment of origin.

Update, November 19:

The victim in this apartment fire died of his injuries on November 17.

He is Michael Anthony Carter, 33, of the 7700 block of Hillendale Rd., 21234.

Original release:

A 33-year-old man remains in critical but stable condition at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with injuries sustained Tuesday in a one-alarm Parkville apartment fire.

BCoPD fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental; it began when a lamp fell and ignited combustible materials.

Fire crews from Engine 11 (Hillendale), Truck 1 (Towson) and other central county stations responded at 8:40 p.m. to the 7700 block of Hillendale Rd., 21234, for an apartment fire and arrived to find smoke showing in the hallway.

Truck 1's crew located the victim, who was unconscious. Firefighters did not find other victims in a search of the building.

EMS personnel provided care at the scene and transported the victim via Medic 11 to Shock Trauma.

Firefighters knocked the fire in about 15 minutes.

Revised June 27, 2017