Man burned in Elkton-area fire
— A flash fire burned a man as he performed engine work on a car near Elkton and then the flames spread to a nearby storage building, destroying the vehicle and the structure, fire officials reported Monday.
The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of East Old Philadelphia Road, west of Elkton.
Investigators identified the victim as 31-year-old Andrew Ragoobeer, who suffered “non-life-threatening” second-degree burns to his right arm and both legs, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
A county ambulance crew transported Ragoobeer to Union Hospital in Elkton, after treating him at the scene, fire officials said.
Because the victim
re- quired additional treatment, a Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. of Elkton ambulance crew transported Ragoobeer to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center near Baltimore, fire officials added.
Ragoobeer was repairing a motor on a 2003 Nissan Sentra when the flash fire triggered inside the engine compartment, burning him before spreading to a nearby 14-by-16-foot wooden storage building, according to fire officials.
It took SVFC firefighters approximately 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control, fire officials said, adding that it caused an estimated $30,000 in damage to the structure, which was destroyed. Information on the monetary loss of the car was unavailable, as of Monday morning.
Investigators identified Jimmy L. Lester as the property owner.