Towson apartment fire displaces 20 late Sunday

Two alarm Virginia Towers blaze began in trash compactor

March 04, 2013|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A two-alarm fire that began in a trash compactor temporarily displaced about 20 residents of a Towson apartment building late Sunday and into Monday morning, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department.

The residents of the Virginia Towers complex, in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue, were evacuated from the building shortly after 11 p.m., when firefighters responded for reports of smoke in several floors of the building and located the fire in the building's compactor, the department said.

Officials brought Maryland Transit Administration buses to the scene for the residents to keep warm in while firefighters from about 30 units cleared the building of smoke, the department said. The fire was contained to the compactor.

Residents were able to return to their apartments about 1:15 a.m., after fire officials had installed air monitoring meters and determined the apartments were safe, the department said.

There were no injuries reported. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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