Monday, March 4, 2013
The fire began in a trash compactor and smoke spread to the residential floors.
A fire that began in a trash compactor at Towson senior housing high-rise apartment building caused 20 people to evacuate ther apartments late Sunday night. Fire officials responded to Virginia Towers, 500 Virginia Avenue, at approximately 11 p.m. Mar. 3, according to a news release from the Baltimore County Fire Department. When they arrived, they found a fire in a trash compactor. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze. Smoke from the fire caused about 20 residents to be temporarily evacuated from the building, according to the release. A second alarm was called in to assist with evacuations. Around 1:15 a.m. Mar. 4 fire officials determined, using air-monitoring devices, that the residences were safe and allowed people to return to…
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Fire personnel were on the scene around 3 p.m. Saturday.
Firefighters battled a blaze at a Towson fast food restaurant Saturday afternoon. Crews responded to Kentucky Fried Chicken, in the 200 block of York Road, around 2:35 p.m. Dec. 15, officals with the Baltimore County Police and Fire Department Communications center said. Officials were unable to provide many details about the ongoing effort to fight the fire, saying only that crews were still on the scene at 3 p.m. and that the fire had begun in an oven. Stay with Patch for updates.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Mary Buckley, a director of operations for the Salvation Army, said the store was on fire when the first employee arrived.
UPDATE (1:37 p.m.) — No one was injured when a blaze broke out at the Salvation Army store, 1748 E. Joppa Road, Wednesday morning. Ten fire companies and 40 personnel arrived on the scene to combat the blaze at 8:45 a.m., according to Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Bruce Schultz. Fire crews were met with heavy smoke and a fire at the back of the store, Schultz said. The fire was placed under control by 9:20 a.m. and no one was injured. While responding to the scene, a fire engine was involved in an accident but no one was injured, Schultz said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Schultz. Mary Buckley, a director of operations with the Salvation Army, said that when her first employee arrived …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Luxury cars were stolen from the home in both incidents.
A home on Bellona Avenue that is being investigated as the scene of an arson was previously burglarized. On March 11, 2006, jewelry, rugs, a BMW and other items were reported stolen from the home, located in the 7000 block, Baltimore County police said. The property was not recovered and no suspects were identified. Police eventually suspended the investigation. Crews responded to the fire at the home around 8 a.m. Oct. 1, and discovered that a Porsche Cayenne and other items were stolen. Accelerants were found at the scene leading investigators to label the incident an arson. And this wasn't the first fire on that block. On July 17, a vacant house that was for sale next door was engulfed in flames. Police said they did not find …
Monday, October 1, 2012
A firefighter fell through the floor of the home but reportedly suffered no injuries.
(Update 9:17 a.m.)—Firefighters responded to the 7000-block of Bellona Ave Monday morning. The firefighters were dispatched at 8:18 a.m. for a "well-involved" house fire, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department Twitter account. A firefighter fell through the floor into the basement but was able to get out and reportedly didn't suffer any injuries. The fire is under control and firefighters are still at the scene investigating the cause of the incident, according to the fire department. Bellona Avenue is blocked at Charles Street. Stay with Patch for updates.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Emergency vehicles responded after a fire truck struck a car on Osler Drive.
Update (3:33 p.m.): Osler Drive was closed Monday afternoon as police investigated a crash involving a fire truck. Truck 1, based at the Towson Fire Station, struck a red Mitsubishi Mirage on Osler Drive, near South Auburn Drive, around 2:27 p.m., police spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher said. One man, the driver, was transported by ambulance to Sinai Hospital. He was conscious when crews extracted him from the car. Rogers-Feher said both vehicles were traveling south. The fire truck was headed to the scene of a fire in the left lane; the Mirage was in the right lane. The Mirage's driver then attempted to make a U-turn around the fire truck and was struck. Both vehicles veered toward the northbound lanes. The car could be seen on the side of…
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
A $4.5 million request approved by the planning board was not included in County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's capital budget submitted last week.
Monday, March 5, 2012
A family of Honduran immigrants is looking to get back to normal after a fire sparked in their West Towson apartment.
Myrna Contreros-Duarte and her 9-month-old baby Glenny were the only people home when a fire sparked in their cramped West Joppa Road apartment. Just days later, she is sitting on a neighbor's couch in a pink shirt, sniffling occasionally as, across the room, her daughter naps in a crib surrounded by shopping bags and boxes of what little they still own and, thanks to the kindness of relative strangers, so much more. Contreros-Duarte, a Honduran immigrant, and her family of six were among 12 displaced by a one-alarm fire caused by an electrical spark late last Monday morning. The fire was in the first-floor annex of the building, which houses several other tenants. Contreros-Duarte, who speaks little English, said Friday she was doing "OK…