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A 75-year-old woman died this morning in a one-alarm fire at her Randallstown home.

Lana Miller, who lived in the home in the 9800 block where the fire occurred, was found inside the home by crew members from the Randallstown Fire Station. She was declared deceased at the scene.

Fire crews were dispatched to the Winands Road address at 8:14 a.m. after several people called 911 reporting a house on fire. One of the callers reported that someone might be trapped inside.

Engine 18 (Randallstown) arrived to find fire showing, with heavy fire on the second floor.  The fire was knocked down in 15 to 20 minutes.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators responded and will investigate the cause and origin of the fire.

A 90-year-old woman and three officers were injured last night in a single-alarm Essex house fire.

BCoPD fire investigators have ruled this an accidental fire; it began in a first-floor bedroom, where a heat lamp used to warm a pet lizard fell over and ignited.

BCoPD officers arrived at 8:05 p.m. at the home in the unit block of Russell Frost Ct.,  21221. Fire units were dispatched at 8:06 p.m.

The officers found the elderly woman outside the home when they arrived. They went inside the house and attempted to put out the fire using an extinguisher, but evacuated after a short time and waited for fire personnel to arrive.

Engine 511 (Essex VFD) was the first-arriving unit; firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and placed it under control at 8:26 p.m.

The woman was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The three officers were transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for treatment of minor injuries. All were released last night.

The lizard did not survive. Several dogs that were in the house did survive.

Baltimore County’s 29 volunteer, rescue and rehab companies will receive more than $9.7 million in financial support from Baltimore County for FY19.

The county support to the volunteers represents an increase of about $600,000 over last year.

The formal announcement of the County's FY19 contribution to the volunteers was made September 20 at the annual meeting of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association, held at Glyndon Volunteer Fire Co.

The $9.7 million includes subsidies and reimbursements for gear, fuel, utilities, repairs, public education and other expenses.

It also includes financial incentives to be paid out over the course of the year to the 21 volunteer companies that provide medic service. This “attended status” program rewards companies that staff medic units during hours of high demand. In 2017, calls for emergency medical service accounted for 101,000 of BCoFD's 138,000 total calls for service.

The volunteer companies are independent corporations that receive the majority of their funding from Baltimore County.

Every day, they work side by side with BCoFD and personnel from its 25 career stations.

New BCVFA Officers

The BCVFA, the umbrella organizationBCVFA officers for 2019 were sworn in on Sept. 20. representing the local volunteer companies, elected new officers at the September 20 meeting.

The new President is John McDowell (Arbutus).

Tom Ludwig (Wise Ave.), is senior vice president; Sue Bollinger (Glyndon), Vice President - Finance; Jeff Wickline (Upperco) Vice President - Operations; Michele Crumbacker (Upperco), Vice President - Administration; Robert Frank (Middle River & White Marsh), Secretary; William Kern (Woodlawn), Treasurer; Donna Kern (Woodlawn), Financial Secretary; Glenn Resnick (Pikesville), Immediate Past President.

Revised June 27, 2017