Two-alarm fire breaks out in Towson retirement home

No one was injured when a two-alarm blaze broke out in a Towson retirement home Wednesday morning, Baltimore County officials said.

The fire broke out inside a kitchen of an individual unit in the Blakehurst Retirement Community building at 1055 West Joppa Road at around 7:30 a.m., county fire officials said. It quickly escalated to two alarms. Officials initially said the building was being evacuated, but later said most residents sheltered in place.

Some residents did choose to leave the building until the incident was under control.

Smoke was visible on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors, but the fire was contained in the kitchen, fire officials said. Firefighters were investigating whether or not the fire was being fed by gas. The fire was called under control around 7:50 a.m.

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