Woman killed in fire

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER [email protected]­cil­whig.com

— The Mary­land Of­fice of the State Fire Mar­shal and Mary­land State Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a Sun­day morn­ing fire that killed one per­son and in­jured an­other at an Elk Neck home.

Two neigh­bors were the first to spot the fire en­gulf­ing the dou­ble-wide mo­bile home, lo­cated at 2870 Old Elk Neck Road south of Elk­ton, about 5:38 a.m. Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Deputy State Fire Mar­shal Oliver Alkire, a MOSFM spokesman.

As the neigh­bors ap­proached the burn­ing home, oc­cu­pants Tammy L. Lum, 51, and Con­stance M. Reynolds, 51, told them that Lum’s 30-year-old daugh­ter, Tera N. Lum, was still in­side the home, Alkire re­ported. Heavy smoke and flames pre­vented the par­ties from en­ter­ing the house, how­ever, as they at­tempted to guide Lum to es­cape out of a rear bed­room win­dow.

About 40 fire­fight­ers from Singerly Fire Com­pany and other com­pa­nies re­sponded to the one-alarm blaze and


were able to ex­tin­guish it in about 30 min­utes, Alkire re­ported. Af­ter­ward, fire­fight­ers en­tered the home and lo­cated the vic­tim in­side, where she was pro­nounced de­ceased.

Her body was taken to the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner where the cause and man­ner of death will be de­ter­mined.

Mean­while, the el­der Lum

was treated on scene by first re­spon­ders and flown by Mary­land State Po­lice Avi­a­tion Com­mand to Johns Hop­kins Bayview Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where she was treated and later re­leased.

Deputy state fire mar­shals were on scene through­out the day con­duct­ing an ori­gin and cause in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and both remain un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion at this time. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not de­ter­mined if smoke alarms were present and op­er­at­ing at the time of the fire.

The 20-by-60 foot mo­bile

home was a com­plete loss, with struc­ture and con­tents es­ti­mated at $75,000, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

A joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­tween the MOSFM and MSP’s Crim­i­nal En­force­ment Divi­sion is stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure when­ever a fa­tal fire oc­curs.

Sun­day’s fa­tal fire is the sec­ond for the county in about a month, af­ter a 53-year-old man was killed in a Dec. 5 fire at a mod­i­fied out­build­ing that he was liv­ing in north of Elk­ton.

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