UPDATE: 12 Displaced by 2-Alarm Perry Hall Apartment Fire

A fire struck Silver Spring Station Apartments, on the unit block of Arlen Road in Perry Hall, on Sunday night.

UPDATE (11:20 p.m.)—No one was injured in an Sunday night in Perry Hall, although 12 people were displaced from their homes, a Baltimore County fire official said.

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Firefighters responded to on the unit block of Arlen Road, off Silver Spring Road, shortly after 7 p.m., according to county fire Capt. Ross Cooke.

When firefighters arrived, flames were visible from the balcony of a top-floor apartment and the fire had spread into the attic of the complex. All of the building's residents had already on their own, Cooke said.

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No residents or firefighters were injured, he said, and flames were contained by 8 p.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

"Firefighters made a good attack on the fire. They were able to confine the fire to one side of the building," Cooke said. "It was good weather for fighting this fire. Ice was not an issue at this point and wind conditions were low, which kept the fire from spreading."

A total of 24 people live on both sides of the apartment complex, Cooke said. Twelve of them would likely be able to return to their homes on Sunday night, while 12 others would be displaced until further notice.

The was expected to arrive on the scene to assist the fire victims, he said.

Shortly after 8 p.m., the owner of the top-floor apartment, where the fire appeared to have started, stood with her two adult sons outside the complex.

No one was home when the fire started, said one of her sons, who declined to be identified. He said he was grateful that no one was hurt.

Resident Julia Russell was waiting with neighbors, family members and her dog outside the complex. While flames had not reached her apartment, she was unsure how much damage was caused by smoke.

"It was scary," Russell said. "We're not sure when we'll be able to go back in."

While traveling to the fire, at the intersection of Belair and Cottington roads in Perry Hall, Engine No. 482 was involved in traffic accident, according to a Baltimore County fire dispatcher.

There were no reported injuries in the accident, the dispatcher said.

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Editor contributed to this report.

Stephanie Wagner January 23, 2012 at 01:26 AM
These are neighbors of mine, and I'd very much like to arrange to collect donations (clothing, blankets, basic needs) for them temporarily until they can be permanently relocated and assisted. There were 12 adults displaced this evening, being aided by the Red Cross. I will be contacting the leasing center at our Silver Spring Station apartments to arrange a temporary donation location.
Greg Flach January 23, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I'm really glad everyone got out OK.
Christina Polek January 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I thought about donations as well. If you get something set up with Silver Spring Station, please post flyers about the community.
Sharon J. Remeikis January 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
This is a blessing that everyone got out safely including any animals. I hope that everyone in the community will pull together to assist the fire victims in anyway possible.
Dottie Cordwell January 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Thank God no one was hurt. You can replace posessions but not lives. Thanks again to our fire fighters and a caring community.
Douglas Lent January 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Stephanie/Christina-- We feel good knowing that these folks have caring neighbors like yourself. As you mentioned volunteers from The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region were there last night. The Red Cross has offered help to the residents to replace food, clothing, bedding, toiletries and other necessities. Red Cross caseworkers will continue to assist the families until all of their immediate needs have been met. Just so you are aware, the Red Cross cannot accept donations of items. Instead we provide families in this situation with financial assistance to get them immediate help since everyones needs are different. I still encourage you to see what other needs the families may have to see how you can help or visit www.redcross-cmd.org to make a donation to the Red Cross so we can be there the next time fire strikes (nearly 3 times a day in Central MD). Thanks again for your efforts on behalf of your neighbors. This is the spitit that makes Maryland great!
Renee January 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
My heart goes out to those affected by this fire! Prayers as well! What gets me is that the fire dept. was in an accident. People don't have the respect or patience to stop and wait for emergency vehicles whether it be police, fire, or ambulance, to pass. I pull to the side of the road and stop to let them go freely where they need to and it's like I'm pulling onto the track of the Indy race from the pit! I was always told to pull over and stop, someone's life could depend on it, but people are rude and impatient now a days. When an emergency vehicle is approaching an intersection, I have seen it too many times where other vehicles will somewhat slowdown, then hurry and go cutting off the emergency vehicles. It should be a law that everyone needs to pull to the side and stop and if you can't pull to the side, just stop and let them go around. I think cameras, like those on police cars, should be on all emergency vehicles to help identify such people. Also, people coming up on those who have stop should have to slow down to them back onto the road and not hurry up and pass them!
Carole Miller January 23, 2012 at 08:02 PM
How many fires does this make in Perry Hall now, 5 in 6 months maybe ?
Valerie Holmes January 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I met with property manager Cindy Detling today and we are setting up a committee to help the six families displaced by the fire. Please email me at vtaylor217@aol.com if you would like more information on how you can help.
Crystal January 24, 2012 at 03:14 AM
My name is Crystal I am a owner of a Childrens resale store in Perryhall/Parkville area called CHILDISH THINGS and we are more then willing to help out the families in need of children items such as clothing ect. I can be reached at (410)365-3714 website http://childishthings2011.com/ our heart goes out to those affected by this fire.


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