Man Injured in Seagram's Fire is Identified

Sebastian M. Morawski, 40, of an unknown address, remains in critical condition, according to public safety spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

Sebastian M. Morawski, 40, of an unknown address, was critically injured in a fire at the former Seagram's Distillery plant in Dundalk July 27. Photo by Jonathan Wilson
Sebastian M. Morawski, 40, of an unknown address, was critically injured in a fire at the former Seagram's Distillery plant in Dundalk July 27. Photo by Jonathan Wilson
Baltimore County Police Department officials have released the identity of the man seriously injured in a three-alarm fire at the former Seagram's Distillery plant in Dundalk Saturday.

Sebastian M. Morawski, 40, of an unknown address, remains in critical condition as of Wednesday, according to public safety spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

It is thought by police that Morawski either jumped or fell from the third floor of the blazing building at 7100 Sollers Point Road.

More than 35 pieces of fire apparatus and 100 fire department personnel battled the blaze for nearly four hours into early Sunday morning, according to police officials.

The property is privately owned by John Vontran and no one should have been on the property or in any of its buildings at the time of the fire, according to fire officials.

The cause of the fire and why Morawski was on the property is still under investigation, according to Armacost.
Ashley Virginia July 31, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Good Luck with that
Buzz Beeler July 31, 2013 at 05:02 PM
No record on case search.
Freddy July 31, 2013 at 05:14 PM
This is my uneducated guess on what happened here the other night. There was multiple arsonist in the building, this guy just happened to be on the upper floors when the lower floors were set on fire. The arsonist on the lower floors got out but this guy was trapped. Looking at the video of the fire this place was well involved before the first arriving piece of equipment so to I'm thinking some type of accelerant was used . Now with that being said if my theory is true can they find the other arsonist and are they tied to the owner somehow? Makes me think Hmmmmmm but it's just my theory.
Buzz Beeler August 01, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Not sure on this but speculation is the building may be torn down starting in the next couple of days.
Wayne Monroe August 01, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Someone is trying to build public perception that the complex is becoming a public nuisance to the point that people will be clamoring for the county to "step in" and demolish the property at taxpayers expense, naturally. Who benefits?
Tommy Gunn August 01, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Wayne, someone is trying to build a public perception? Tell that to the kids parents who died and the guy who is in the hospital. This is a PR effort. Crawl back into your hole.
Jim Walton August 01, 2013 at 10:51 AM
If the kid and the gentleman in the hospital weren't breaking a bunch of laws they wouldn't be dealing with the outcome they have received. Granted the buildings need to be demolished. have for the last 20 years. But you can't excuse stupidity. They knowingly trespassed, breaking and entering, unlawful entry, etc... It's no different than playing Russian Roulette, We all know it's illegal and know what the outcome may be. I lived next to the Seagrams Distillery nearly my whole life I can say I have never entered them properties in 36 years I have lived here.
Tommy Gunn August 01, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Jim, couldn't agree with you more! The public loves to put an unreasonable amount of blame on others, instead of placing the blame where it is due.
Ashley Virginia August 06, 2013 at 09:04 AM
If anyone needs to pay for it to be torn down it is Vontrum. That man is a snake. I think he is just trying to save money from having to tear it down himself.
Ashley Virginia August 06, 2013 at 09:06 AM
Jim, maybe you should look up Maryland Code Law. As I have told Tommy, Unless the person has been told to no be on the property by the OWNER or the OWNER'S agent, then it is legally not tresspassing, and there are no signs on that property that I have ever seen.
Ashley Virginia August 06, 2013 at 09:08 AM
And seeing that there is nothing in the Judiciary Case Search, this man has not been charges for tresspassing, which makes me believe that Vontrum cannot charge him for tresspassing, or he is covering his own behind
Tommy Gunn August 06, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Ashley, do you think this man will not be charged with anything? He's in the hospital. They aren't going to charge him until they question him. Weren't you just studying nursing, now its criminal justice...jesus, pick a major already. If not trespassing, what about breaking and entering and destruction of property? Do you really think this guy will get charged with NOTHING?!
Ashley Virginia August 06, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Tommy, I have never been studying Nursing, ever! I have never wanted to be in the medical field. When you spend as much time in hospitals with sicked love ones, there is something about it. I said he has not been charged with trespassing I said nothing about destruction of property. And since when does a man being in the hospital stop paper work being filed to charge them with something. Police and Lawyers don't wait for you to get out of the hospital. He is in the hospital so he obviously is not going anywhere and cannot hide from being handed his papers.
Tommy Gunn August 06, 2013 at 02:18 PM
If you are not conscious, its hard to serve you papers. Moreover, they haven't charged him because they are questioning him. The police will wait to charge you and try to work out a deal sometimes for the names of others. You should know that, you know, being a criminal justice major and all...
Ashley Virginia August 06, 2013 at 03:03 PM
if there are others. I was mearly stating that if Vontrum had charged him with tresspassing it would have been filed already.
Tommy Gunn August 06, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Yes, because he will run up and be sure he files the misdemeanor trespassing charge for burning down the building...lol
Ashley Virginia August 06, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Actual when a police officer did the report and question Vontrum, which I am sure they did, they would have asked him then and there if he wanted to press charges.
Ashley Virginia August 06, 2013 at 09:05 PM
No, I just truthfully thought his name was spelled Vontram. and have heard it pronounced with the M many times. I just figured someone else was spelling it wrong.
Ashley Virginia August 06, 2013 at 09:06 PM
And as for attention and accuracy at CCBC, I spend ten times more time go over my school work and work for my employment then I do on a comment post.
AJ August 06, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Jim, I do believe that your a horses rear end. That kid and the gentleman in the hospital really did nothing breaking the law. You and Tommy should check your facts. No, "No Trespassing " signs on the property, holes everywhere in the fence....this could've been your son, brother, etc.....so really...use common sense when you rationalize the situation. Maryland Law is Antiquated and needs to be changed to have land owners take responsibility, just like home owners.
Buzz Beeler August 06, 2013 at 10:18 PM
That was just a rumor from an unreliable source. Nothing based in fact just speculation. The person I spoke to said that code was involved about that particular building being unsafe. I did not follow up on it because I did not write a blog about same. When I do a blog I back up the sources with documents. You can call the county and check to see if any permits were issued. In this case I did not and I clearly stated, if you read the comment carefully, that it was based on speculation and I was not sure form the beginning. Read what I say and not what you think I said.
Ashley Virginia August 07, 2013 at 09:21 AM
Why would he need to clear up his own speculation? If it was going to happen I am sure Marge would have written something up and posted it to notify the people of Dundalk that there was going to be demolition happening near their homes. All of our comments on here are pretty much speculation aren't they? Do you go back to something you hvae comment and post apologies stating you were wrong?
Concerned Citizen August 07, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Watch out now, Ashley has been home schooling AJ. They found Lexis-Nexis, now they are both experts in Maryland Law. Too funny
Buzz Beeler August 07, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Ashley, Vontran did in fact receive a permit in January to tear down the buildings but failed to act tying that action, or lack thereof, into him receiving the bid on the Government Center. In today's Sun article on Seagram's is the following quote: "Vontran said he plans to tear down the buildings but isn't ready. "If we don't get the [county bid award], we have to go back to the drawing board," he said. "So at this point, we're not in a hurry to get the buildings down."
Buzz Beeler August 07, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Matthew, hope that clears up you rather fact-less comment. You and Tommy are a good pair. You can't comprehend what you read, i.e. the difference between the words facts and speculation. Mr. Vontran's own words now are a matter of record and not speculation. The article is on the front page of the Sun. I suggest you read it.
Ashley Virginia August 07, 2013 at 10:31 AM
I have been homeschooling no one. I do not have outside converastions with people outside of here.
AJ August 07, 2013 at 10:41 AM
You don't need Lexis-Nexis to search public records there "Concerned Citizen", maybe you do, but I don't.
AJ August 07, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Oh, and I don't know anyone outside of this chat as well.
Tommy Gunn August 07, 2013 at 01:32 PM
AJ, you seem to have an agenda. I hope it wasn't that same agenda I saw in the Baltimore Sun today. People trying to blame others for their own mistakes. Lets start to take some responsibility for ourselves, before we blame others.
Ashley Virginia August 07, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Vontran's Mistake. His property isn't secure. Yet part of me has to wonder how long it will remain his property for.


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