One person was killed and at least two others were injured when a fire raced through a house in the 7900 block of Castlemoor Road in the Lynn Acres section of western Baltimore County early today.
The names of the three victims were withheld pending notification of relatives, said county police at the Woodlawn Precinct.
The origin and cause of the fire remained under investigation.
Reported at 3:06 a.m., the fire trapped the person who died, believed to be a man, in the basement while several other residents fled the house off the 7900 block of Washington Ave. near the Beltway.
One of the injured was taken to the Northwest Medical Center for treatment of burns and injuries. Another person was taken to the hyperbaric chamber at the Maryland Shock Trauam Center for treatment of severe smoke inhalation.
Their conditions were not immediately known.
Firefighters manning at least a dozen pieces of equipment from stations at Woodlawn, Randallstown, Lansdowne, Pikesville, Catonsville, Liberty Road and Garrison battled the blaze before bringing it under control at 3:58 a.m., said a fire department spokesman.
Meanwhile, city officials are investigating the death of Phyllis Jewell Wiggins, who died yesterday from burns received in a Saturday night fire at her home in the 2300 block of Eutaw Place. Police were awaiting official word on the cause of death from the state medical examiner's office.
Fire investigators said they found two starting places for the fire -- in her bedding and in a closet. The multiple origins suggested a deliberately set blaze, they said.
Ms. Wiggins, 54, was a counselor at the Ripken Learning Center. Friends described Ms. Wiggins as an award-winning teacher and reading specialist who, for several years, worked at Pimlico Junior High School.
A police officer passing by Saturday in his cruiser smelled smoke, then heard her screams and radioed the fire department. Neighbors and other officers struggled to kick in an iron security door that prevented her from escaping the fire.