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Fatality in Lansdowne fire: Baltimore County official says woman dead at scene of two-story dwelling fire

A woman died Friday night at the scene of a dwelling fire in the 3100 block of Aspen Court in Lansdowne, according to a Baltimore County fire official.

County Fire Director Tim Rostkowski said firefighters responding to the scene around 10:45 p.m. and found an elderly woman on the first floor of the two-story dwelling.

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She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rostkowski said her identity would likely not be released until sometime Saturday.

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He also said two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the response, but did not require transport for medical attention.

Baltimore County Police communicated with a “person in crisis” in a parking lot in the 100 block of Industry Lane in the Timonium area overnight. The situation was resolved "peacefully" and the person was taken into custody early Saturday morning, police said.

Rostkowski said when units arrived they found “heavy fire” coming from the house. They controlled the blaze and conducted the search that found the occupant.

He said during the search, an oxygen tank inside the dwelling ruptured and caused “kind of a boom.”

Units responding included crews from the county’s nearby career station and volunteer companies in Lansdowne, Arbutus and English Consul, he said.

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Crews remained on the scene after midnight Saturday. Rostkowski said the cause of the blaze was not yet determined, and the investigation was continuing.

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