An elderly mother and the son taking care of her died in a fast-moving house fire in Baltimore County Friday morning. 54-year-old Timothy Schwartz lived with his 93-year-old mother Avonne Schwartz in Catonsville when fire tore through their home just before 0700. Neighbors called 911, and one of the first firefighters on the scene became trapped in the burning structure and had to be rescued. “Firefighter through the floor!” said on the radio and word of his rescue came minutes later: “Confirmed. Firefighter out of the basement. Receiving medical attention.” Investigators believe the fire started in the basement and spread to the rest of the house-with hoarding conditions.
A second alarm was eventually called, which brought more than 75 firefighters and EMS personnel to the scene. This was one of two fires in Baltimore County Friday morning alone.
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