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Fire Fatalities Surge

January 1st, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reports fatal fires in December are cause for concern.  The month of December experienced the loss of eleven lives resulting from fire related incidents.  One adult and two children lost their lives when a plane struck a home in Montgomery County causing an unavoidable deadly house fire.  Three adults succumbed to injuries received in three separate home fires in Prince George’s County, with one fire occurring on Christmas Eve and one on Christmas Day.  Two adult lives were lost during home fires in Baltimore County.  Two additional adult lives were taken during separate fire incidents in Baltimore City, one of which involved a homeless victim in a tent and one adult victim recently died in her dwelling in Howard County during a kitchen fire.  Although four of the fire incidents remain under investigation for the cause; two fires were determined to be the result of unattended cooking, one was the result of an unattended candle and one involved careless discarding of smoking materials.  It was also noted that two separate victims called 911 from inside their burning homes and three dwellings had no working smoke alarms inside the structures.  A preplanned home escape plan would very likely have proven to be beneficial during most of these incidents.

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