Woman killed in fire
— 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.