Man crit­i­cally in­jured in house fire

Fire­fight­ers found vic­tim un­con­scious inside home

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

Au­thor­i­ties say a man was se­verely in­jured in a Wal­dorf house fire on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and was taken to the hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Don­ald Hen­der­son, 61, re­mains in the hos­pi­tal as of press time Thurs- day af­ter suf­fer­ing from life-threat­en­ing smoke in- ha­la­tion in­juries, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Of­fice of the State Fire Mar­shal. The ori­gin and cause of the fire re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Around 6:59 a.m. on Wed­nes­day, about 35 fire and EMS per­son­nel from Wal­dorf, Hugh­esville and Prince Ge­orge’s County fire de­part­ments re­sponded to the dwelling fire on the 13300 block of Po­plar Hill Road. The fire was re­ported by a passerby and a pri­vate alarm com- pany, the re­lease stated. The flames were quickly con­trolled and Hen­der­son was re­moved from the home af­ter he was found un­con­scious inside a sec­ond floor bed­room and put in an am­bu­lance wait­ing out­side. No other in­juries were re­ported.

Fire mar­shals es­ti­mated the fire caused $170,000 in dam­ages to the struc­ture and con­tents, and found that smoke de­tec­tors were op­er­a­tional at the time of the fire.

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