Baltimore County, Maryland – A fire that began early this morning destroyed a large home in the Phoenix area.
BCoFD crews were dispatched at 1:57 a.m. to the unit block of Glenberry Court, 21131, where first-arriving units found a large home fully involved with fire. Crews determined that all occupants of the home were accounted for and moved immediately to defensive operations, fighting the fire from the outside.
Because the rural areas of Baltimore County are not served by hydrants, tanker strike teams were dispatched to bring water. This is a standard firefighting procedure for significant fires in rural areas. Commanders noted that this fire was so large and advanced when units arrived that the home likely would have been destroyed even if it had been located in an area served by hydrants.
Several collapses occurred during firefighting operations as the fire structurally damaged the home. A 500-gallon oil tank was located inside the home and required mitigation.
A brush fire that ignited as a result of the dwelling fire was quickly extinguished by fire crews.
No firefighters were injured.
One resident of the home, a man, was transported to a local hospital for injuries believed to be non life-threatening.
The cause of this fire remains under investigation by Baltimore County Police fire investigators.
The press release is available at baltimorecountymd.gov.