MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (WJZ) — Five people are injured in an apartment fire in Middle River earlier Sunday afternoon, including three firefighters.

The three-alarm fire was called out around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the 9900 block of Dehavilland Way. When trucks arrived, heavy fire was showing from the back of the building but a crowd outside the burning building started throwing things at the firefighters’ vehicles, according to officials.

Middle River fire

Middle River fire. Credit: Baltimore County fire

They then called the police for backup, who arrived, and firefighters starting fighting the fire once the crowd was under control.

Report Of Rock Throwing Unfounded At Middle River Apartment Fire, Police Say

Twenty four of the building’s units were affected by the fire, with 16 of them heavily damaged, officials said. The fire was contained to the upper floors.

Several people are displaced, however, the exact number is not known at this time. The Red Cross has been notified.

Baltimore County Fire Department Press Information Officer Nicholas Tyson urged the public not to interfere with emergency crews.

“Please, step back and let us do our jobs,” Tyson said. “Please do not hinder the lifesaving efforts of our crews as we try to prevent further destruction,”

Two civilians were injured, and three firefighters were as well; two shoulder injuries and two heat-related.

Comments (10)
  1. Cathe Mcgowan says:

    Seriously why would you attack firefighters?

  2. Sandee says:

    What has this world come to? Throwing things at Firefighters who are trying to put out a fire and save the lives of the people inside…Too bad the firefighters didn’t turn their hoses on that crowd!

  3. Ken says:

    Hit the trouble makers with a fully charged 2 1/2″ hose line. They won’t know what them. They need to be charged with hindering and the excessive property damage for the delay. Plagues on our civil society! You can thank the week spineless democratic leaders for like Johnny O for the way they ignore violent so protest and protecting the general public, that’s just why Johnny O and his useless band of democrats are being sued. This is on your hands Johnny O YOU set the tone!!

    1. bad mama says:

      Johnny deBlasio – just sit back and watch it all happen. Why is he soooo afraid ?

  4. Bob says:

    Weak spineless democrat Johnny O is the reason our innocent firefighters came under attack today in Essex for doing their job, Johnny O set the layback tone against these protesting lawbreakers at Vince’s Crab house, why he and the county are being sued! Hold him accountable!
    The democrats are the direct reason for the continued unlawful protests and destruction of public, city, county and state property statues etc… They are allowed to go unchecked w/o arrests!

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  5. Terri says:

    Should have used the hoses on the people.

  6. Debbie DiBlasio says:

    It’s all about getting votes for those weak spineless Democrats. Protesters, criminals are allowed to do whatever pleases them with no consequences. The good people can only take so much and will eventually take the law into their own hands.

  7. Goth says:

    Where is law and order? I agree its all about getting votes for the weak do nothing democrats!! Where is Johnny O? hiding again. Address the issue stop avoiding it! Absolutely disgusting!

  8. Jon says:

    THEY are lying NO one blocked or threw anything i was there. We have one entrance into complex, and also it starting hailing/rain(i have video as the hail stared) Don’t Believe everything. I WOULD like to thank every FIREFIGHTER whom responded and did one hell of job putting out the fire. Shout to the one fire Chief who showed up in his pool attire to help.(Have video for that too).

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