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Deceased homeowner was trapped inside 2-story home


Staff writer

One person is dead following an early Christmas morning house fire in Owings.

At 4:07 a.m. Wednesday morning, a neighbor noticed a home in the 6500 block of Lower Marlboro Lane in Owings was on fire and called 911, according to officials. Firefighters from Huntingtown, Prince Frederick, Dunkirk, North Beach and Anne Arundel County fire departments responded to the home.

Shortly after the departments were dispatched, according to a Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department press release, communications advised that it was unknown if the homeowner was home or not. As the units arrived at the 2-story single-family wood frame home, communications advised and the neighbor confirmed that the homeowner was trapped inside, according to the release.

When units arrived the residence was engulfed in flames, the press release states, and crews immediately tried to locate and rescue the victim.

“Despite these valiant efforts, firefighters watched as the house began to twist, shortly before collapsing into the basement foundation, less than [four] minutes after arriving on location,” Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Riffe said in the release. No injuries were reported involving responding personnel at the scene, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office.

Crews worked for hours knocking down the stubborn fire before locating the victim, according to the release.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce D. Bouch said Thursday morning that the victim’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to confirm the identity and cause of death. Bouch said they are still waiting on that confirmation. The cause of the fire, he said, is still unknown.

A press release from the state fire marshal’s office states that the fire “heavily damaged” the home and three vehicles, causing an estimated $250,000 in damage.