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An adult male has died as a result of a house fire Sunday evening in Arbutus.

At 6:01 p.m. Sunday, Baltimore County Fire crews responded to the 5500 block of Ashbourne Road.  An engine company from the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department was on location within four minutes and discovered heavy smoke and fire conditions from the rear of the single family home.

As crews entered the structure, they discovered an adult male near the room of origin.  He was taken to EMS crews outside and pronounced dead on the scene.  There were no other occupants inside the home at the time of the fire.

The victim's body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy and identification.  At this time, his identity is not being released.

Preliminary information indicates that the fire originated from a computer room in the rear of the house.  There were no working smoke detectors found inside the home.

A total of twenty fire department units and approximately fifty firefighters responded to the single-alarm working fire.

Update, July 25, 11 a.m.:

As of 11 a.m., career and volunteer swiftwater teams have responded to 32 water-related incidents since unusually heavy rains began last Saturday.

The central and western portions of the county are most affected by this weather system. The latest calls for service -- mostly involving vehicles stuck in water -- occurred at Bentley Road and the NCR Trail, 21120; Kratz Lane and Ridge Road, 21244; Falls Road and Newstead Lane, 21209; 11000 block York Rd., 21030; and 1300 block Wiseburg Rd., 21161.

No injuries have been reported.

National Weather Service flood warnings remain in effect through 4 p.m. today. Do not drive through standing water, avoid flood-prone areas and stay away from swollen creeks and streams.

Original release:

As of 11 a.m. today, swiftwater teams from the Swiftwater incident at Stevenson and Hillside roads, Pikesville.Texas Fire Station and two volunteer companies have responded to 27 incidents related to the unusually heavy rains that began Saturday.

The National Weather Service estimates that four to eight inches have fallen across our region since then. Radar indicates significant moisture heading in a northerly direction that will add to those totals; two to three additional inches are forecast over the next two days.

Most of the water-related incidents occurred on the west side of the County: three in the Cockeysville area, eight in Pikesville, three in Owings Mills, five in Halethorpe and six in Woodlawn. Two incidents occurred in the Dundalk area.

Fifteen of the 27 calls involved rescues or assists -- situations where victims needed first responders' help in getting to safety. No serious injures have been reported.

Swiftwater teams are located at the Texas Fire Station and the Kingsville and Arbutus volunteer companies.

"Turn Around, Don't Drown"

All but one of the 27 water-related calls involve vehicles trapped in floodwaters.

Motorists should use extreme caution when driving in these conditions. Because the ground is saturated, heavy rains will run off and flood roadways. Flash flooding -- which occurs suddenly -- is particularly dangerous. Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters; turn around, don't drown.

Swiftwater rescue, Gwynn Oak areaNighttime conditions are particularly hazardous because flooded roads are difficult to see. Motorists can find themselves trapped in water that they didn't realize was there.

Avoid traveling at night, if possible. Avoid low-lying routes and routes that involve bridges; streams are swollen, and in these conditions waters can rise to bridge level.

Pedestrians should avoid walking through floodwaters and stay away from streams and creeks.

Update, April 3:

A second victim, 97-year-old Sixta Rodriguez Pineiro, has died of injuries sustained in the March 28 fire that also claimed the life of her grandson. Pineiro lived at the home where the fire occurred in the 900 block of Courtney Rd., 21227.

She died April 1 at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Original release:

A 51-year-old man was killed and his 97-year-old grandmother critically injured in a house fire just after midnight in the 900 block of Courtney Rd., 21227. Two other adult familiy members suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Michael Wayne Johnson, who lived at the home where the fire occurred, was trapped on the second floor and pronounced dead at the scene.

BCoFD crews were dispatched to a report of a dwelling fire with people trapped at 12:10 a.m. The first arriving engine company from the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Dept.  was on scene within six minutes and found heavy fire conditions throughout the two-story, single-family home.  Three members of the extended family (Johnson, his mother and the 97-year-old grandmother) were at home when the fire started; a fourth, Johnson's sister, arrived home just before emergency responders arrived at the scene.

A Baltimore County Police officer from the Wilkens precinct and a Maryland State Police trooper --among the first on the scene -- assisted with the rescue of the grandmother. Johnson's sister had just arrived home when she saw the house on fire, with flames at the front door. After trying to alert her brother, she ran to her grandmother's exterior bedroom window and tried to reach her through the window. The BCoPD officer and MSP trooper immediately helped her with the rescue by pulling the older woman through the exterior bedroom window. CPR was administered, and the woman was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. 

The mother and sister were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

The home suffered extensive damage. Fire investigators from Baltimore County Police are investigating the cause; a preliminary cause has not been determined at this time. Investigators say there is no evidence so far to suggest a crime. 

Fire commanders placed the fire under control at 2:21 a.m.

Twenty-seven Fire and EMS units responded to this scene.


Revised June 27, 2017