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Baltimore County Fire units responded Sunday morning to a two-alarm incident at the Towson Town Center mall involving a motor vehicle crash into a building and a gas line break.

At 11:35 a.m., a vehicle ran into a building under construction in the unit block of E. Joppa Rd., immediately adjacent to Macy's. (The mall is located in the 800 block of Dulaney Valley Rd.) The vehicle struck a high-pressure natural gas line, causing a significant gas leak.

Emergency personnel blocked off a section of York Road. A parking garage was closed temporarily, and access to the mall from the garage was temporarily restricted. 

BGE responded and turned off the gas at about 1 p.m. 

One person -- a woman who was driving the vehicle that crashed -- was transported to Sinai Hospital with serious injuries. The crash is under investigation by Baltimore County Police.

At 8:10 a.m. Baltimore County Fire and EMS crews were dispatched to the Westside Men's Shelter at 309 Redwood Circle in Catonsville for a report of a medical emergency. 

As fire crews entered the building, meters alerted the presence of a potentially hazardous gas.  Additional crews, including the Baltimore County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team, were called to the scene to assist.  Their meters confirmed the presence of abnormally high levels of a potentially hazardous gas.  

Crews immediately evacuated 67 clients from the facility.  

An additional person, an elderly man, was found deceased in a dormitory.  It is unclear at this point whether his death was related to the potentially hazardous gases; there was virtually no gas detected in his dormitory.  

One of the 67 clients was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.  

Baltimore County Property Management and Baltimore Gas and Electric are on scene assisting BCoFD in efforts to determine the source of the gas.  

Arrangements are being made to relocate the remaining clients of the facility.

Baltimore County Fire and EMS personnel are on scene at the Oak Crest retirement community, where an outside gas leak has caused the evacuation of part of the facility.

Some 150 to 200 residents of the Belmont Building have been moved to another part of the Oak Crest community following a natural gas leak in the 8800 block of Walther Boulevard in Parkville, 21234. The call was dispatched at 10:12 a.m. BGE is on scene and has shut off the gas as well as the power, an important safety measure.

The gas leak was accompanied by an underground fire that Fire crews quickly extinguished. A small amount of smoke from this fire infiltrated the Belmont Building. There was no fire at the Oak Crest facility.

Fire crews are using gas meters to make sure the environment is safe.

BCoFD EMS personnel and Oak Crest medical staff are evaluating residents on scene. One patient has been transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center as a precautionary measure.

The entrance to the Oak Crest community is closed to traffic at this time.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017