3-alarm fire in Owings Mills engulfs 13 townhouses

At least 13 homes in Old Coach Lane complex affected

July 12, 2011|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

A townhouse complex in Owings Mills erupted in flames Tuesday afternoon, and some 80 firefighters battled the blaze.

The 3-alarm fire, reported shortly after 2 p.m., affected at least 13 townhouses in the complex at 15 Old Coach Lane, according to Jay Ringgold, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Fire Department, who was speaking from the scene.

The fire was under control by about 3:50 p.m., officials said. Ringgold said the fire burned in a stretch of 3-story houses that occupy "one long building." Nine living units were affected, the department said.

Ringgold said the intensity of the fire had precipitated a three-alarm designation, with more than 20 fire trucks, ladder trucks and other equipment at the scene. Representatives of the Baltimore County Office of Emergency Management and the Fire Investigation Division were also there.

A statement issued by fire officials said 13 adults and 12 children were displaced, but there were no civilian injuries. One volunteer firefighter, from the Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company, was taken to Sinai Hospital with heat exhaustion and dizziness.

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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