8 First Responders, including Baltimore County police officers and fire personnel, sent to hospital after minor explosion, fire in nail salon

BALTIMORE, MD (May 17, 2022)—two volunteer EMS personnel and four Baltimore County police officers and two emergency medical personnel  were injured in a minor explosion and building fire Monday night inside a Windsor Mill nail salon, Baltimore County police and fire officials said.

A man said to be in emotional distress when police were first called to the scene suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital, along with four Baltimore County police officers and two emergency medical personnel who were also injured, said Lt. Travis Francis, a spokesman for the fire department.

 Fire and hazmat units were dispatched to the 1700 block of Rolling Road, 21244, at 9:37 p.m. following a call for help from police. BCoPD responded just after 9:15 p.m. for a disturbance involving a known suspect.

Police said that upon arrival officers encountered a suspect who refused to leave the business. The suspect refused commands by officers and ran to the back of the store, where he started a fire that produced an explosion.

Engine 13 (Westview), the first BCoFD unit on scene, found smoke showing from the rear of the nail salon. The fire was extinguished quickly. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to other businesses; however, the blast damaged several adjacent businesses.

Four officers and two Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Co. EMS personnel were transported to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. The volunteer EMS personnel were released last night.

The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Charges are pending.

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Source: Baltimore County Fire Department contributed to the article.

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