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At 8:10 a.m. Baltimore County Fire and EMS crews were dispatched to the Westside Men's Shelter at 309 Redwood Circle in Catonsville for a report of a medical emergency. 

As fire crews entered the building, meters alerted the presence of a potentially hazardous gas.  Additional crews, including the Baltimore County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team, were called to the scene to assist.  Their meters confirmed the presence of abnormally high levels of a potentially hazardous gas.  

Crews immediately evacuated 67 clients from the facility.  

An additional person, an elderly man, was found deceased in a dormitory.  It is unclear at this point whether his death was related to the potentially hazardous gases; there was virtually no gas detected in his dormitory.  

One of the 67 clients was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.  

Baltimore County Property Management and Baltimore Gas and Electric are on scene assisting BCoFD in efforts to determine the source of the gas.  

Arrangements are being made to relocate the remaining clients of the facility.

Baltimore County Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III has promoted five members to the rank of Paramedic.

The newly promoted members are:

  • PEMT Hanna Poole
  • PEMT Lawrence Coonfare Jr.
  • PEMT Morgan Nally
  • PEMT Janelle McQueen
  • PEMT Holland Georgieff

The promotions are effective May 26.

A two-alarm fire damaged three townhouses  in a Reisterstown/Glyndon neighborhood today.

Two of the townhouses in the 300 block of Town Green Way, 21136, were fully involved with fire and suffered heavy damage.

Fire crews responded at 11:40 a.m.; commanders from the Franklin Fire Station's Engine 56 requested a second alarm at 11:50 a.m. In two townhomes fire was through the roof. Firefighters began an interior attack, but commanders soon evacuated the buildings for safety.

The fire was knocked down at 12:13 p.m. Extensive overhaul operations continued well into the afternoon.

All occupants evacuated on their own, and no injuries were reported.

An investigation of cause and origin will be handled by BCoPD fire investigators.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017