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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.

It's been over a year since a masked suspect entered an apartment in Lansdowne and demanded money from a sleeping resident. Police are now asking for help from the community to bring this masked criminal and his co-conspirators to justice and return some sense of security to this victim and the rest of the neighborhood.

Last July a 67-year-old man awoke in the middle of the night, slid open the sliding glass door to his apartment balcony, and let his cat out to get some fresh air. He left the door cracked open and returned to bed. He awoke around 4 a.m. to a masked man with a gun in his bedroom tapping on his foot and demanding money "and all you got." The man knew what the criminal was looking for - his prescription Oxycontin and Methadone - because it wasn't the first time someone had broken into his apartment to steal his medications.

The man told the criminal he didn't have anything, because he didn't. He had long since removed his medications from his home and began storing them at a different location in an attempt to dissuade intruders from breaking in to steal them. The man was aware that a number of other residents knew about his prescriptions, as well as some unsavory women he'd spent time with, and word got around. He had hoped that word would get around that the drugs were no longer there, but this criminal hadn't gotten the message.

Something must have convinced the criminal that the man was telling the truth. He left without taking a thing or injuring the man.

Detectives got right to work after the man reported the home invasion, scouring the area for witnesses and clues. Neighbors didn't want to talk. Did they know something? Were they afraid? Information that was provided by some ended up leading detectives to dead ends. Eventually, the investigation came to a standstill. But police had one more card to play.

During the investigation, detectives recovered surveillance video from the outside of the apartment complex, and on it were the faces of the masked criminal's cohorts. The images aren't clear, but as Detective Williams said, "If you know them, you know them." Police are hoping you know them, and a year later will feel safe enough to come forward with their identities. "When you see such a brazen crime as this you know this ain't their first rodeo, and won't be their last. We just hope we can get them off the street before they hurt someone."

Police are now releasing a compilation video showing how the three suspects crept around outside the apartment complex in the dead of night, walking into one building, where you get a pretty good look at the unmasked suspects - a thin black woman who appears to play the part of the look-out, and another thin black man. In a second segment you see the trio attempt to get into the man's apartment by entering the apartment building and trying his front door, but when that doesn't work the masked black male suspect can be seen pulling out his gun and climbing up on the balcony where he entered through the sliding glass door that was left ajar.

You can help return a sense of security to this man and to the Lansdowne community. Watch this surveillance video on our YouTube channel and if you recognize any of these suspects call police at 410-307-2020 or at the Wilkens Precinct directly at 410-887-5163. You can remain anonymous.

Detectives from the Wilkens Precinct Investigative Services Unit are waiting to hear from you.

A 39-year-old man died this morning of injuries sustained in an early morning house fire in the Lansdowne area.

​Ryan Robert Cavin was one of seven people sleeping in the home in the 100 block of Hazel Ave., 21227, when the fire began at about 4:30 a.m. Fire personnel rescued him from the top of the staircase on the second floor. Despite efforts by EMS crews to resuscitate him, he died a short time later at St. Agnes Hospital.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators have determined that the fire began in the kitchen. The home was equipped with at least one working smoke alarm, which alerted the victim's wife to the fire. She woke everyone; she, her husband and two children had been sleeping on the second floor, and three others had been sleeping on the ground floor. Everyone escaped except the victim, Ryan Cavin.

​A second patient who suffered minor injuries refused transport.

​Truck 5 (Halethorpe Fire Station) was the first arriving unit and reported heavy smoke on arrival. Twenty-four pieces of equipment responded. The fire was knocked at 4:52 a.m.

The fire remains under investigation.

Revised June 27, 2017