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Three people suffered non life-threatening injuries this morning in an explosion at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills.

Two patients -- an adult and a child -- were transported to local hospitals. The third, an adult, was treated at the scene. Both adults had been working in the boiler room area, where the explosion occurred.

Baltimore County Fire Department units were dispatched to the private preparatory school in the 8600 block of McDonogh Rd., 21117, at 8:31 a.m. for a report of an explosion at the "shot tower" -- a smokestack connected to a boiler room.

First-arriving crews found the top of the shot tower blown off and bricks from the tower strewn in the vicinity. BCoFD personnel immediately set up a collapse zone and searched adjacent structures for trapped victims; the search was negative. 

The two employees working in the boiler room, as well as students and employees in nearby buildings, self-evacuated. 

There was no fire as a result of the explosion. About 20 pieces of fire equipment responded to this call.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) was dispatched and will handle the investigation.

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.

Revised June 27, 2017