January 20th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Deputy State Fire Marshals are continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze that took the lives of two children this morning at 309 E. Harrison Street in
Cumberland. Investigators have determined the fire originated in the first floor living room.
The 6:05 a.m. blaze resulted in 7 year old, Paige M. Ford being rescued from a 2nd floor window in cardiac arrest. She received CPR at the scene and was quickly transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased. Her younger sister, 4 year old, Jymera D. Ford’s body was located in the 2nd floor bedroom after fire suppression activities rendered the home safe for re-entry. The mother, Tandra Ford is currently being treated for smoke inhalation injuries received during the incident. Five other occupants, including an
8 month old male infant escaped the fire unharmed.
Approximately 100 firefighters from Allegany County and Mineral County, WV, were on scene in firefighting operations. Three firefighters received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and were treated and released. Three additional firefighters received minor
injuries and were treated and released at the scene. It took approximately 3 ½ hours to control the four alarm blaze that caused fire and smoke damage in two of the five row homes. A third row house received smoke damage only, while the remaining two row homes experienced no damage during the incident. Only three of the row homes were occupied at the time of the blaze. Damage loss estimates are $200,000. No working smoke alarms were located during the on-scene investigation.
The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the occupants involved. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is being assisted by the C3I Investigative Team and the Cumberland Fire Marshals Office.
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