100 safe in nursing home fire


A one-alarm fire broke out early today in a storage room at the Meridian Nursing Center in Baynesville but was extinguished quickly, and none of the more than 100 residents in the building needed to be evacuated, said a spokesman for the Baltimore County Fire Department.

The fire, discovered shortly before 3 a.m. by a nursing staff member, sent smoke throughout a section of the two-story Cromwell Building in the 8700 block of Emge Road.

The fire was confined to a storage room next to a laundry room and was extinguished in less than 30 minutes, fire officials said.

Fans were used to clear the air of smoke as staff members stood by to aid any patients suffering from respiratory problems.

Police said most of the residents were asleep at the time.

It was believed that the center's smoke detector sounded, allowing staff members time to prepare for an evacuation if one was required.

Police said the cause of the fire was under investigation, but there was no immediate evidence to indicate the fire was anything other than an accident.

Fire equipment from Towson, Hillendale, Providence and Parkville responded, along with one ambulance and a member of the Fire Department's investigation division.

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