One person was taken to the hospital after being injured in a house fire in the 100 block of Haverhill Road in Joppa early Monday morning. Multiple Baltimore and Harford County fire companies responded, and the Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.
Keyona Weaver, the mother of the 1-year-old and 2-year-old killed in a West Baltimore house fire last week, stood in the cold with a crowd of mourners at a candlelight vigil for the toddlers on Tuesday night.
Police charged the teen, Daquane Antonio Ray, as an adult, a press release said, saying the charges include arson, malicious burning, first degree assault and theft and are related to Thursday's Catonsville house fire and elementary school lockdown.
Approximately $250,000 of the damage occurred to the structure and $50,000 to the contents of the single-family home in Sykesville. The occupants exited the home safely and no injuries were reported, according to the statement.
By New Year’s Day on Monday, Harford County residents should have replaced their battery-operated smoke detectors with devices that have sealed-in, long-lasting batteries, in accordance with a state law enacted several years ago.
At the start of 2018, a law that went into effect almost five years ago will require that all homes in Maryland with battery-only operated smoke alarms more than 10 years old instead have sealed battery-operated smoke alarms with long-life batteries and hush button features.