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Three Rescued from Burning Apartment Building

A fire Friday at Owings Chase apartments was likely caused by unattended cooking and destroyed one apartment unit, according to a fire official.

A man, woman and infant were rescued from a second-story apartment Friday morning after their apartment had filled with smoke from a fire downstairs.

"They were helped out of the windows of the second floor," at 4606 Debilen Circle in Randallstown, said Lt. R. Baublitz of the Baltimore County Fire Department's Career Station 2 in Pikesville.

The unidentified occupants did not go to the hospital, but one police officer from Baltimore County Police Department's Pikesville precinct went to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

He had non-life threatening injuries, and went for evaluation, Baublitz said at the scene.

The fire started in another apartment on the ground floor of building, likely in the kitchen, Baublitz said.

Outside that apartment, charred kitchen furniture, a refrigerator, a stove and a pot lay in the grass as firefighters worked inside to make sure the fire was not spreading into the ceiling or walls.

None of the occupants were in the burned apartment when the fire broke out, and only that apartment was destroyed by fire, Baublitz said.

However, smoke did travel to other units.

"It appears it started from unattended cooking," he said, noting that the call came in at about 11 a.m.

The Fire Investigation Division is investigating, and will declare an official cause, Baublitz said.

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