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Cornwall Road Fire Under Investigation

Crews extinguished a fire Monday afternoon in Dundalk. No injuries were reported.

Officials are investigating the cause of a fire Monday afternoon in the 2900 block of Cornwall Road in Dundalk.

At 12:43 p.m. Monday, a passer-by called 911 after noticing heavy, black smoke coming from a home's front door, fire department spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher said.

Fire crews saw the smoke, and found a heavy fire on the second floor of the home. Fourteen vehicles and 40 fire personnel were called to the scene, Rogers-Feher said. The fire was declared knocked down at 12:55 p.m., she said.

The residents were not home at the time and no injuries were reported, but animal control officers were called to the scene for two cats who were in the home. Rogers-Feher said she had no information on the condition of the cats.

Al Day April 16, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I used to live on Cornwall. Most of the homes were multi-dwelling apartment type buildings. Usually owner on first floor and basement and 2nd floor apartments rented out. The mechanical systems were not up to date in most (heat, electric, plumbing) and could have contributed to this fire. These were built probably late 40's to early 50's so the age of the systems is always suspect. It would seem that multi-dwelling buildings in the county should be inspected frequently by qualified experts to determine safety.
Patrick k April 18, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Actually there is a law on the books and it is enforced. All rental units in Baltimore County are subject to Inspections and have to be licensed as a rental unit in order to be leased.
Eastsider April 18, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Yes and there are laws against murder, speeding and political corruption but all that still occurs. There are tons of illegal rentals in Dundalk alone.

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