Man burned in Elk­ton-area fire

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMIL­TON


— 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.

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