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A 57-year-old Owings Mills landscape contractor died yesterday in Reisterstown when a spark ignited gasoline vapors in a trailer operated by the victim's business.

Baltimore County Police have identified the victim as  George Louis Kelley, of the unit block of Montrose Ave., 21117. He was deceased at the scene.

Baltimore County Fire Department crews responded to the 300 block of Bonnie Meadow Circle, 21136, at 10:12 a.m. where they found a 23-foot vehicle trailer fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters used foam to bring this intense fire under control.

 BCoPD fire investigators found that the landscape company, GK Enterprises, was cutting grass yesterday in the Bonnie Meadow Circle community.  Witnesses saw Kelley go into the trailer just before it erupted in flames and said he did not come out. Firefighters found the victim after the flames were extinguished.

The investigation shows that a 100-gallon gasoline tank, used to supply lawn equipment, had been installed at the front passenger side of the 23-foot trailer. The victim was trying to connect the fuel tank pump to a lawnmower battery in order to energize the pump when a spark ignited the vapors and caused a spontaneous eruption of flames.

About 60 children and adults have been evacuated from a school in Owings Mills due to a carbon monoxide leak.

Baltimore County Fire and EMS crews responded at 11:17 a.m. to The Shafer Center, 11500 block of Cronridge Rd., 21117, a school for special needs children. Staff members noticed an unusual smell (probably the result of improper fuel combustion, since CO is odorless) and called BGE, which in turn called 911 after the school's carbon monoxide alarms activated.

BCoFD crews found high levels of CO, a dangerous gas produced by incomplete fuel combustion, and evacuated the building. Children and staff are housed next door at the Maryland Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program station. Shafer Center students and staff will not be allowed back into the building today; the Center is in the process of contacting parents.

One adult has been transported to local hospitals for evaluation of non life-threatening symptoms.

CO levels have dropped following ventilation and other mitigation by firefighters. Observations from Fire personnel indicate a problem with the heating system.

Fire crews began clearing the scene around 1:40 p.m.

Update: 12/13/18 2:45 p.m.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team initially have determined that the pedestrian attempted to cross the northbound lane of Reisterstown Road and was not using a crosswalk.

The patient, a 33-year-old man, remains in critical condition at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Original: 12/12/18 10:20 p.m.

A pedestrian was flown to Shock Trauma this evening with injuries sustained in a crash involving a Baltimore County Fire Department medic unit.

The victim, a man, was in critical condition, but was stable, when he was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Dispatchers received a call at 8:24 p.m. for a motor vehicle crash involving the Garrison Fire Station's Medic 19. The crash occurred in the northbound lane of Reisterstown Road, just before the intersection with McDonogh Road.

Medic 19 was returning to the station after delivering a patient to Shock Trauma; it was not in emergency mode. When the crash occurred, the two occupants of the medic -- an EMT who was driving and a paramedic -- immediately got out and provided emergency medical care to the victim. They called for additional medical help, for the police and for the Medevac.

The paramedic and EMT were not injured. A BCoFD Critical Incident Stress Management Team, which provides counseling and care for personnel involved in traumatic incidents, responded.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team responded and will investigate this crash.

Revised June 27, 2017