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Acting Fire Chief Jennifer Aubert-Utz has announced the promotions of two members to the rank of Fire Specialist, effective March 16, 2019.

The newly promoted members are:

  • Stephan J. Steinberg
  • Andrew M. Hays

Congratulations!

Baltimore County Police have charged a volunteer firefighter after explosive devices were detonated behind an elementary school in Dundalk last weekend.

Police responded to Berkshire Elementary School at 7431 Poplar Avenue, 21224 just after midnight Saturday morning, November 17, for a report of an explosion. Members of the Baltimore County Police Hazardous Devices Team responded to the scene and located evidence of a small package explosion on a bench behind the school. Investigators also obtained surveillance video of the incident that depicted a suspect placing a box on the bench, igniting the box and running away.

Similar calls were received late Monday night at the same location for possible shots fired or an explosion heard. Investigators located a charred area and debris near a tree behind Berkshire Elementary School around 11:38 p.m. At that time, an officer canvassing the area located a suspicious subject in an alley behind the school, identifying him as Anthony Dale Reed (20) of the 500 block of 48th Street, 21224. Reed was carrying a scanner and identified himself as a volunteer firefighter. He was questioned and released at the scene.

Bomb Technician Officers and Detectives from the Arson Investigation Team collaborated on the investigations and positively identified the suspect seen on school surveillance as Anthony Reed.

Additionally, detectives from the Dundalk Precinct began collaborating with the Hazardous Devices Team on a call they were investigating for a bomb threat on November 15 in which the caller threatened to activate a destructive device in the Berkshire community. None was located in that incident. The investigation into this has also identified Reed as the suspect.

Reed, who police have confirmed is an active volunteer firefighter in Baltimore County, is charged with the following:

  • Manufacture/Possess/Distribute a Destructive Device
  • Possession of Explosive/Incendiary Material with Intent to Create Destructive Device
  • 2nd Degree Malicious Burning
  • Trespassing on School Grounds
  • Threat of Arson

Reed was arrested at his home on a warrant around 7:30 p.m. last night. He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

A single alarm fire late last night in Lansdowne has claimed the life of a 69-year-old woman.

Eleanor Jean Daniels was found inside the home in the 3100 block of Aspen Court by Baltimore County Fire crews.  She was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Crews were dispatched to the residence at 10:44 p.m. after a neighbor had called 911 stating that the home was on fire.  Engine 372, from the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department, was on-scene within six minutes and found heavy fire conditions from the rear of the end-of-group townhouse.  

As crews began their initial attack on the fire, a small explosion occurred.  This is preliminarily believed to be an oxygen tank inside the home which had ruptured.

The fire was placed under control at 11:15 p.m.  Three firefighters suffered minor injuries but were not transported from the scene.  

15 fire department units and approximately 40 personnel responded to the fire.  Fire investigators from the Baltimore County Police Department are working to determine the cause of the fire.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017