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A fire that began early this morning destroyed a large home in the Phoenix area.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 1:57 a.m. to the unit block of Glenberry Court, 21131,  where first-arriving units found a large home fully involved with fire. Crews determined that all occupants of the home were accounted for and moved immediately to defensive operations, fighting the fire from the outside.

Because the rural areas of Baltimore County are not served by hydrants, tanker strike teams were dispatched to bring water. This is a standard firefighting procedure for significant fires in rural areas. Commanders noted that this fire was so large and advanced when units arrived that the home likely would have been destroyed even if it had been located in an area served by hydrants.

Several collapses occurred during firefighting operations as the fire structurally damaged the home. A 500-gallon oil tank was located inside the home and required mitigation.

A brush fire that ignited as a result of the dwelling fire was quickly extinguished by fire crews.

No firefighters were injured.

One resident of the home, a man, was transported to a local hospital for injuries believed to be non life-threatening.

The cause of this fire remains under investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

Update, April 3:

A second victim, 97-year-old Sixta Rodriguez Pineiro, has died of injuries sustained in the March 28 fire that also claimed the life of her grandson. Pineiro lived at the home where the fire occurred in the 900 block of Courtney Rd., 21227.

She died April 1 at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Original release:

A 51-year-old man was killed and his 97-year-old grandmother critically injured in a house fire just after midnight in the 900 block of Courtney Rd., 21227. Two other adult familiy members suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Michael Wayne Johnson, who lived at the home where the fire occurred, was trapped on the second floor and pronounced dead at the scene.

BCoFD crews were dispatched to a report of a dwelling fire with people trapped at 12:10 a.m. The first arriving engine company from the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Dept.  was on scene within six minutes and found heavy fire conditions throughout the two-story, single-family home.  Three members of the extended family (Johnson, his mother and the 97-year-old grandmother) were at home when the fire started; a fourth, Johnson's sister, arrived home just before emergency responders arrived at the scene.

A Baltimore County Police officer from the Wilkens precinct and a Maryland State Police trooper --among the first on the scene -- assisted with the rescue of the grandmother. Johnson's sister had just arrived home when she saw the house on fire, with flames at the front door. After trying to alert her brother, she ran to her grandmother's exterior bedroom window and tried to reach her through the window. The BCoPD officer and MSP trooper immediately helped her with the rescue by pulling the older woman through the exterior bedroom window. CPR was administered, and the woman was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in critical condition. 

The mother and sister were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

The home suffered extensive damage. Fire investigators from Baltimore County Police are investigating the cause; a preliminary cause has not been determined at this time. Investigators say there is no evidence so far to suggest a crime. 

Fire commanders placed the fire under control at 2:21 a.m.

Twenty-seven Fire and EMS units responded to this scene.



An explosion that heavily damaged a single-family home in Baltimore Highlands yesterday remains under investigation.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators said they have confirmed that the explosion -- more specifically, two separate explosions followed by a large fire -- originated in the basement of the residence in the 2800 block of Virginia Ave., 21227. Investigators have not identified a specific cause.

One patient, a 46-year-old man who was inside the home when the second and more intense of two explosions occurred, remains hospitalized at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in stable condition; he is expected to recover from his injuries.

The man's older brother got out of the house after the first explosion and was evaluated at the scene by BCoFD EMS personnel. He did not require transport to a medical facility.

The call was dispatched at 2:32 p.m. The one-alarm fire caused by the explosions required 20 pieces of fire equipment.

Revised June 27, 2017