Skip Navigation

Baltimore County iWatch Logo

Public Safety News


Baltimore County Police and Fire News

Official News Blog of Baltimore County police, fire, homeland security and emergency management. Call 911 to report crimes in progress and emergencies.
Keyword: fire

Last week's 3-alarm fire at Loafers Sports Bar & Grill in Catonsville remains under investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

The popular restaurant and nightclub suffered significant damage in the August 30 fire; investigators estimated damages at about $1 million.

BCoFD crews were dispatched at 3:59 p.m. to the restaurant, frequently called Loafers Lounge, in the 6500 block of Baltimore National Pike, 21228. A fire marshal from Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services who saw smoke coming from Loafers as he was driving on U.S. 40 called 911.

At about the same time, patrons in the restaurant 3-alarm fire, Loafers Sports Bar & Grillsmelled smoke and alerted an employee. Fire crews found heavy fire when they arrived. A second alarm was called at 4:12 p.m., and a third alarm at 4:49 p.m. Crews moved to defensive operations, fighting the fire from the outside.

BCoPD fire investigators have determined that the fire started in an exterior wall surrounding the second-story staircase. The cause remains under investigation.

Two career and one volunteer firefighter were transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters rescued 15 goldfish from a large aquarium inside the nightclub.


A weekend two-alarm fire at a Woodlawn U-Haul storage facility remains under investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.

Crews were dispatched at 3:08 a.m. Saturday to the 1500 block of Woodlawn Dr., 21207 for a report of a fire alarm sounding. First-arriving crews from the Westview station found heavy smoke. Crews made entry and found several storage units on fire.

Commanders called a second alarm at 4:01; the stubborn fire was called under control at 5:20 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

Three storage units were damaged, including the contents.

Update, September 6, 2019:

Three BCoFD personnel who are members of the Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (MDHART) have been deployed to North Carolina under mutual aid agreements to assist with rescue operations related to Hurricane Dorian.

MDHART comprises specially trained rescue personnel who work with the Maryland Army National Guard and engage in helicopter-based rescue missions under difficult conditions.

The three BCoFD members who have been deployed are:

  • Fire Captain Mike Berna
  • Fire Specialist Corey Watkins
  • Fire Specialist Blake Curry 

MDHART currently awaits orders for any rescue missions and continues to train and prepare equipment.

The Pennsylvania Task Force #1, a FEMA rescue unit that includes BCoFD rescue specialists, has been in Jacksonville, Florida for several days and is in the process of demobilization.

Original release:

Six BCoFD members assigned to a federal emergency task force are in Jacksonville, Florida to assist with hurricane operations.

The BCoFD personnel, all tactical rescue specialists, deployed Friday and are staged in Jacksonville, Florida, waiting to see if they will be needed. Hurricane Dorian has been situated over the Bahamas all weekend, and forecasters still are not sure if and where it will make landfall on the East Coast.

Over the years, tactical specialists from BCoFD have participated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Pennsylvania Task Force #1. PATF and FEMA task forces throughout the country are deployed to disaster sites to provide search and rescue services.

The members deployed to Jacksonville are Fire Capt. Kelvin Seigle, Parkton Station #60; and Fire Lt. David Gouak, Fire Lt. Brandon Watkins, Fire Lt. Jason Porrovicchio , FADO Shawn Drees and FADO Steve Yealdhall, all of Texas Station #17.




Revised June 27, 2017