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Fire erupts after SUV crashes into home in Middle River

Fire erupts after SUV crashes into home in Middle River
Posted at 10:29 AM, Jan 10, 2022

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. — As many joined the Monday morning commute to start their work week, Kenneth Atkins heard a loud boom outside on Ramble Run Road in Middle River.

“You felt a shake, but you more so heard an explosion,” said Atkins. “When I looked out of the window, I saw the house in flames.”

In front of the house, firefighters discovered a Toyota hybrid, which had smashed into the brick face of the home.

Fortunately, no one was inside the house at the time of the crash.

“They were getting reports of explosions. We did find out that was the car exploding, and there were some gas cans in the garage that exploded,” said Baltimore County Fire Capt. Leonard J. Stewart. “So that obviously ignited the house and set the house on fire.”

The fire extended into the second story of the home and left a gaping hole in the first floor through which you could see the family’s dining table.

Heat from the fire also melted the siding on a neighbor’s home.

“Preliminary reports were that the car that hit the house came by at a high rate of speed on one of the door cams and hit the front of the dwelling,” said Stewart. “Both occupants of the vehicle were transported to the hospital. One was transported to Bayview---Priority 3 with serious injury. The other one was transported to Franklin Square---Priority 3 with non-life threatening injuries.”

Baltimore County fire officials said the incident is still under investigation. No word yet on whether anyone will be charged.