Pa. woman hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter fall­ing over fire pit

Kent County News - - NEWS - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

ROCK HALL — A Ch­ester County, Pa., woman suf­fered what in­ves­ti­ga­tors have de­scribed as non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries when she tripped over a fire pit Satur­day at a camp­ground on Eastern Neck Road.

Deputy Chief Fire Mar­shal Matt Stevens iden­ti­fied the woman as a 51-year-old from Not­ting­ham, Pa., who was camp­ing with her hus­band. He would not iden­tify the woman by name, cit­ing the Health In­surance Porta­bil­ity and Ac­count­abil­ity Act, fed­eral leg­is­la­tion that pro­tects pri­vacy of med­i­cal records.

Stevens said his of­fice has talked to the woman by tele­phone and since her in­juries were not life-threat­en­ing, the fire mar­shal’s of­fice has closed its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred just be­fore 1 p.m. at Bayshore Camp­ground.

The woman was talk­ing to some­one when she took a step back­ward, lost her foot­ing, and tripped over a fire pit, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the fire mar­shal’s of­fice.

She suf­fered first- and sec­ond-de­gree burns to the lower body back­side, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

The woman’s hus­band trans­ported her to Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown. Af­ter be­ing eval­u­ated at the hos­pi­tal, the woman was trans­ferred to Crozer Burn Cen­ter in Ch­ester, Pa., ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

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