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A 68-year-old man has died of injuries suffered as a result of a kitchen fire in a Lansdowne apartment building.

The victim is William Melvin Riggins, of the 2900 block of Lakebrook Circle, 21227. He died May 11, one day after a small, accidental grease fire.

The fire was dispatched at 7:41 p.m. on May 10. 

The victim was transported to St. Agnes Hospital with minor smoke inhalation.  He was transferred to a local hospice facility for treatment of complications from the smoke inhalation and a preexisting illness and died at that facility.

This victim is the fifth fire fatality in Baltimore County so far this year.

Baltimore County Police and Fire departments, along with the Baltimore Police Department will be conducting a full scale training exercise on Saturday, May 4. The exercise will take place at the BGE Home facility located at 1409 Tangier Drive, off of Route 43 in Middle River, 21220.

The public should be aware of the increased presence of emergency response vehicles and personnel at this location beginning as early as 6:30 a.m. and ending by 3:30 p.m. Route 43 will not be closed and this exercise will be held rain or shine.

The exercise will include simulated active shooter and mass casualty incidents inside the facility. It will allow first responders to test safety and operation tactics, as well as assess and evaluate facility response plans.

No live weapons will be used during this training.

A 57-year-old Owings Mills landscape contractor died yesterday in Reisterstown when a spark ignited gasoline vapors in a trailer operated by the victim's business.

Baltimore County Police have identified the victim as  George Louis Kelley, of the unit block of Montrose Ave., 21117. He was deceased at the scene.

Baltimore County Fire Department crews responded to the 300 block of Bonnie Meadow Circle, 21136, at 10:12 a.m. where they found a 23-foot vehicle trailer fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters used foam to bring this intense fire under control.

 BCoPD fire investigators found that the landscape company, GK Enterprises, was cutting grass yesterday in the Bonnie Meadow Circle community.  Witnesses saw Kelley go into the trailer just before it erupted in flames and said he did not come out. Firefighters found the victim after the flames were extinguished.

The investigation shows that a 100-gallon gasoline tank, used to supply lawn equipment, had been installed at the front passenger side of the 23-foot trailer. The victim was trying to connect the fuel tank pump to a lawnmower battery in order to energize the pump when a spark ignited the vapors and caused a spontaneous eruption of flames.

Revised June 27, 2017