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Twenty-one people have been displaced from their homes as a result of last night's four-alarm fire in Dundalk.

The fire, which involved four townhomes in the 100 block of Highshire Court, 21222, remains under investigation by BCoPD fire investigators.

Fire officials will conduct a neighborhood "after the fire" walk this evening, October 9, to answer questions from residents about fire safety. Fire personnel will begin the walk around 6 p.m.

BCoFD fire units were dispatched at 10:46 p.m. Tuesday for a working dwelling fire that escalated quickly as fire spread across the rooftops of the townhomes. Commanders subsequently called for second, third and fourth alarms that ultimately brought more than 30 pieces of apparatus to the scene.

Firefighters from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County responded under mutual aid agreements. BGE and the Maryland Department of the Environment also responded.

First-arriving crews found smoke showing from the front of a townhome and found the rear of the home fully involved.

One civilian was injured and evaluated at the scene , but declined transport to a hospital.

At about 11:07 p.m.,  a "Mayday" was called when a career firefighter fell through the roof. The firefighter self-extricated within minutes and was evaluated by EMS crews at the scene. He was not seriously hurt.

The fire was knocked at 11:29 p.m.

The Red Cross responded to assist the displaced residents.

UPDATE (September 23, 2019 11:35 a.m.):

The woman shot and killed in Dundalk on Saturday is identified as Melissa Lynn West (30) of the 500 block of Fairview Avenue, 21224.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting and ask anyone who may have heard or seen anything to contact police at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

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Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

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Original Release (September 22, 2019 12:57 a.m.):

A woman is dead following a shooting in Dundalk Saturday night.

Just before 6:30 p.m. on September 21, Baltimore County Police responded to a shooting in the 500-block of Fairview Avenue, 21224. Police arrived and found the victim outside of the location. The 30-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is continuing the investigation into this homicide. Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

A man has died after checking into a local hospital with an apparent gunshot wound.

Police were dispatched to the hospital at 5:43 p.m. after the man was dropped off by an unknown person and died shortly thereafter. The preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting occurred in the 100 block of Center Street in Dundalk. Detectives are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Anyone with information should contact the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Revised June 27, 2017