Wind­sor Mill fire de­stroys apart­ment units

County fire of­fi­cials say 60 to 80 res­i­dents dis­placed

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS - By Brit­tany Britto

Bal­ti­more County fire of­fi­cials said be­tween 60 and 80 peo­ple from about 24 apart­ment units were dis­placed Satur­day af­ter a two-alarm fire in Wind­sor Mill.

Fire of­fi­cials said that shortly af­ter 2 p.m. the depart­ment re­ceived mul­ti­ple calls re­gard­ing a blaze in the 2400 block of Bytham Court.

Bal­ti­more County Fire Depart­ment Bat­tal­ion Chief Rob Kemp said that as units ar­rived, they found heavy fire ex­tend­ing from the lower level through the roof. The fire was un­der con­trol at 4:30 p.m., but around 5:30 p.m. fire­fight­ers were still ex­tin­guish­ing flames.

“Crews are work­ing to ex­tin­guish hot spots,” which were dif­fi­cult to ac­cess be­cause floors and the roof had caved in, Kemp said.

There were no in­juries to res­i­dents or fire­fight­ers re­ported.

Kemp said he be­lieved the build­ing was a com­plete loss, not­ing the roof col­lapse and smoke and water dam­age in ad­join­ing spa­ces. He said the cause of the fire was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, adding that when they ar­rived a gas line was ac­tively burn­ing.

Kemp said the Red Cross and the build­ing’s prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany were as­sist­ing dis­placed res­i­dents.

Res­i­dent Teresa Koger was away from her home when she re­ceived news that her first-floor apart­ment was on fire.

“I got a call from [a] neigh­bor” and rushed home, she said.

Koger and other res­i­dents were wait­ing for of­fi­cials from the Red Cross to ar­rive Satur­day af­ter­noon. She said build­ing of­fi­cials had men­tioned plac­ing res­i­dents in other units at the apart­ment com­plex. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the com­pany could not be reached for com­ment.

Lenore Koors, a spokes­woman for the Red Cross, said later that the or­ga­ni­za­tion had re­spon­ders at the scene and was work­ing with prop­erty man­agers to iden­tify units to help those dis­placed. She said the agency would also help peo­ple with food and cloth­ing al­lowances, if needed.

BRIT­TANY BRITTO/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Bal­ti­more County fire­fight­ers at­tempt to con­trol a fire at an apart­ment com­plex in Wind­sor Mill on Satur­day af­ter­noon. No in­juries were re­ported.

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