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A 98-year-old woman died in last night's house fire in Cockeysville.

The victim has been identified by Baltimore County Police as Wanda Mary Shattuck of the 800 block of West Padonia Rd., 21030, where the fire occurred.

Fire units were dispatched at 11:35 p.m. for a dwelling fire that was fully involved when the first engine (Engine 503, Chestnut Ridge VFC) arrived. Neighbors reported that an elderly woman was inside the home. 

Fire crews entered the house, a single-story rancher, and located the victim. She was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

This was an aggressive fire exacerbated by high winds. At 11:52 p.m., Fire commanders evacuated all fire personnel from the structure due to unsafe and deteriorating conditions. From that point, fire crews used defensive operations to fight the fire. The fire, which destroyed the home, was knocked down at 12:46 a.m.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators continue to investigate the cause of this fire.

This one-alarm fire required additional apparatus, including a tanker strike team to provide additional water. About 30 pieces of equipment responded. 

Update, March 5, 2018:

The woman killed Friday when a tree branch fell on her during a severe windstorm has been identified. She is Betty Lee Bauman, 77, of the 11000 block of Cedar Lane in Kingsville.

Original release:

A 77-year-old woman was killed during today's severe windstorm when a tree branch fell on her at her Kingsville home.

The woman, whose identity has not yet been released, was getting her mail outside her home in the 11000 block of Cedar Lane, 21087, when the accident occurred.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 12:38 p.m. Emergency medical providers found the woman pinned under a tree branch and pronounced her deceased at the scene.

She is one of at least five people along the East Coast who have died of injuries sustained in this winter storm.

BCoFD also responded to incidents in Upperco, the Glyndon/Reisterstown area and Lutherville involving serious damage caused by trees that fell into homes or on cars.

Upate: 2/24/18 9:00 a.m.

Priscilla Downing has been located and returned home safe. 

Original: 2/23/18 9:47 p.m.

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing woman from the Woodlawn area. Priscilla Ann Downing, 63, was last seen on February 22nd leaving her home, located in the 6500-block of Dogwood Road, 21207. Priscilla is described as a black female, 5'1", 100 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair. She was last seen driving her black, 2015 Mercedes Benz CLA 250, with Maryland registration plates  9CE9713. If anyone has information about Priscilla Downing, please call the Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017