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December 17, 2009

Woman who died after rowhouse fire identified

Authorities have identified a woman who died Tuesday night after a fire broke out in her rowhouse in the Mill Hill section of Southwest Baltimore. Barbara Green, 48, was the city's 24th fire fatality this year; the city recorded 19 fire deaths during the same period last year, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. Reported about 8 p.m. in the 2500 block of Dulaney St., the fire was confined to a burning mattress in a second-floor bedroom of an end-of-group dwelling and was quickly extinguished. Cartwright said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The first three of at least six pieces of apparatus arrived at the scene within three minutes, according to Cartwright. He said that none of the companies at nearby fire stations were affected by rotating closures Tuesday.

- Liz F. Kay

Balto. Co. gets funds to help pay rent for AIDS patients

The Baltimore County Health Department has received an additional $160,930 in federal funding to provide more rental assistance to people with AIDS, bringing the total appropriation through 2010 to nearly $2 million. The program offers transportation, education, employment services and counseling to low-income residents coping with HIV and AIDS. The additional funds will mean at least eight more housing vouchers for a total of 100 in 2010, in addition to other support services. No county matching funds are required. The County Council is expected to approve the funding at its meeting Monday.

- Mary Gail Hare

Room at fire headquarters honors first woman firefighter

The Baltimore County Fire Department dedicated a conference room at its Towson headquarters Wednesday to its first female firefighter. The England-Dansicker Room on the fourth floor of the East Joppa Road building pays homage to the late Division Chief Danelle England-Dansicker. England-Dansicker, whose portrait adorns the conference room, joined the career service in 1978 and at her retirement in 2005 was the highest-ranking woman in the department. She also served as a lifelong volunteer at Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co. In a career that spanned nearly 30 years, she drove equipment and worked as a cardiac rescue technician. She later joined the high-rise evacuation aerial team, known today as the Advanced Tactical Rescue team. She was appointed the department's first female battalion chief in 1995 and the first female division chief in 2001. She died April 21 at age 52 of complications from an autoimmune disease. At the dedication ceremony, Fire Chief John Hohman said that England-Dansicker was a model for all fire personnel.

- Mary Gail Hare

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