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Two people have been displaced following a two-alarm fire early this morning at the Islander Inn in Edgemere.

The displaced residents lived in an apartment above the business. The restaurant was destroyed by the fire.

Fire units were dispatched at 1:33 a.m. for a report of a commercial building fire in the 9000 block of Cuckold Point Rd. First-arriving units found fire showing and quickly upgraded to a working fire profile, followed by a second alarm.

Commanders quickly ordered defensive operations because of the volume of fire. Firefighters supplemented the water supply from hydrants by drafting water from nearby sources.

One firefighter was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries or illness; another was treated at the scene.

The cause remains under investigation.

Baltimore County hazmat units responded this morning to a Baltimore County recycling facility in Cockeysville after a can containing a chemical substance ruptured, injuring several county employees.

EMS crews evaluated 15 to 20 employees at the scene for minor injuries caused when they were exposed to the unknown substance. About 10 people underwent decontamination procedures (i.e., showering). No one was transported. 

Fire Department units were dispatched at 8:40 a.m. to the Central Acceptance Facility in the 10200 block of Beaver Dam Rd. The 100,000-square-foot warehouse where the incident occurred is a sorting facility where county workers separate the single-stream recyclables collected at the curbside. The can that ruptured was moving on a conveyor belt.

The building was evacuated while hazmat crews ventilated it. Hazmat personnel identified the irritant as a non-hazardous substance in a can of dog training spray.

Fire Chief Joanne Rund has announced the promotion of three officers to the rank of Fire Captain. They are:

  • Fire Lt. Eric Cole
  • Fire Lt. Scott Ebbert
  • Fire Lt. Frank Hudnet

The promotions are effective May 23, 2020. 

Revised June 27, 2017