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Update -- July 18, 11:15 a.m.:

BCoPD fire investigators have determined that Tuesday's explosion in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way, 21227, was accidental. A contractor working in the home was refinishing a bathtub when chemicals involved in the process ignited. Investigators said there were multiple possible sources of ignition. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

The contractor suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center.

Original post:

A man was seriously injured this afternoon inHouse explosion with fire, 4200 block Twin Circle Way, Lansdowne a house explosion and fire in Lansdowne.

The patient, reportedly 29 years old, was transported by ground to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center. He originally was classified a Priority 1 patient, but later was downgraded to Priority 2.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 12:02 p.m. to a townhouse explosion with fire in the 4200 block of Twin Circle Way, 21227. Callers to 911 reported an odor of gas at the location and the sound of an explosion.

First-arriving crews reported heavy fire with the back wall in danger of collapse and, at 12:10 p.m, requested a working fire assignment. Crews knocked the fire at 12:22 p.m. The home suffered heavy damage. Three other units suffered less severe damage.

The patient reportedly was working at the home when the incident occurred. A family of four was at home at the time and self-evacuated.

An investigation will be conducted by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

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.

UPDATE (May 6, 2019 2:50 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Homicide detectives made two arrests this weekend in the death of Isabel Villalobos V De Vasquez, an innocent bystander who was shot Thursday afternoon in front of the SaveMart in Lansdowne.

Deandre Larenzo Buckson (27) of the 3000 block of Bero Road, 21227 and Linwood Ronald Buckson (28) of the 800 block of West Fairmount Avenue, 21201 were both arrested Friday night and are presently held without bail pending bail review hearings today.

Detectives determined that just prior to the shooting the two men drove to Speedy Mart at 3815 Hollins Ferry Road next to the Lansdowne Shopping Center. While Deandre Buckson entered the Speedy Mart, Linwood Buckson stayed outside and met with another male subject for a drug transaction. During their encounter Linwood Buckson produced a handgun. The two struggled for the handgun, causing it to discharge. The other male subject was able to take the gun from Linwood Buckson and fled past the SaveMart across the Lansdowne Shopping Center parking lot.

Deandre Buckson exited the Speedy Mart and retrieved another handgun from the vehicle, then ran past the Speedy Mart firing shots toward the SaveMart, where Isabel Villalobos V De Vasquez was standing. She was struck in the upper body and killed as a result of Deandre Buckson firing the gun at the other fleeing male subject.

Deandre Larenzo Buckson stands charged with first degree murder and his brother, Linwood Ronald Buckson, is charged with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, first degree assault, and illegal possession of a regulated firearm.

Original Release (May 2, 2019 11:52 p.m.):

An elderly woman is dead after a suspect fired multiple shots at another man but struck her instead.

The woman, who police do not believe was involved in the incident, was struck in the upper body at least once and pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives believe she was inadvertently struck when the suspect fired a gun toward at least one other man across the parking lot in front of the SaveMart in the Lansdowne Shopping Center, 3901 Hollins Ferry Road, around 4:25 p.m. Both the suspect and the other subject(s) fled in opposite directions following the shooting and remain outstanding.

The deceased woman is identified as 78-year-old Isabel Villalobos V De Vasquez of the 400 block of Bigley Avenue in Halethorpe, 21227. 

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding this shooting tonight. Anyone who can provide additional information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. Additionally, anyone providing tips through Metro Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a reward.

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