(UPDATED 8:37 p.m.)—No one was injured in a fire that caused extensive damage to a single family home in the 200 block of Ashwood Road late Monday afternoon.
Emergency dispatchers received a call at 5:38 p.m. reporting the fire, according to a statement from Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Paul Massarelli.
When firefighters arrived at the scene at 5:43 p.m., they reported heavy fire coming from the back of the house. Crews went inside the house to battle the blaze but were pulled back when the second floor of the home became engulfed in flames, according to Massarelli. Firefighters continued to fight the fire from outside the house.
At one time there was a concern that a firefighter was missing and a mayday was called and a second alarm was dispatched. Soon afterward, all firefighters were accounted for, according to the spokesman.
The fire was under control at 6:45 p.m., and firefighters continued to work from the exterior of the building to further contain and extinguish the blaze.
The fire was reportedly discovered by children who were home at the time, according to Massarelli. One of the children went to the back of the home and noticed a fire along a back wall. The children left the home and 911 was called by a neighbor out walking a dog.
About 20 pieces of apparatus and 70 personnel responded to fight the fire, Massarelli said in the statement.
The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation.
Baltimore County firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in the 200 block of Ashwood Road in Dundalk, according to fire dispatch personnel.
The house suffered significant damage to both floors, and firefighters were called out of the building because of the fear of collapse.
A Mayday, signifying a firefighter in trouble, was declared, "but we haven't yet sorted all that out yet," the fire dispatch spokesman said.
After firefighters were evacuated from the building, they continued to battle the blaze from the outside of the structure.
Crews were still working to put the fire out at about 6:30 p.m., according to the spokesman.
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