One killed in fire
Authorities investigate in North Beach; second blaze injures two
A house fire Thursday evening killed a man in North Beach and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage. The cause of the fire is unclear as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The North Beach Volunteer Fire Department later responded to another house fire in Chesapeake Beach two hours after the first one in North Beach. Though there were injuries, there were no fatalities reported in the second fire.
About 45 firefighters from the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments responded to a one-story, single-family home in the 8900 block of Erie Avenue around 6:05 p.m. Nov. 1 after a passerby discovered the fire. It took the firefighters about 15 minutes to get the fire under control.
After the fire was extinguished, first responders found a deceased adult man in a bedroom, according to a Friday release from the fire marshal and the North Beach fire department. The victim was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy.
The man’s name is not being released as of Friday morning pending identification and notification. The fire marshal said the house was a rental, and two men were living there. The Red Cross is assisting the other occupant of the house.
Steve Stanton, deputy chief of the North Beach fire department and one of the firefighters who responded to the fire, said the second occupant was present when firefighters were fighting the fire and did not have any injuries.
Stanton said the radiant heat of the house caused the siding of a neighboring house to begin to catch fire and firefighters suppressed
the fire and heat quickly.
The fire reportedly started in the kitchen or the utility room, but the fire marshal said it is unclear what caused it. What is also unclear is if the smoke alarms in the house were working at the time. The fire
caused an estimated damage of $85,000 to the structure and the contents of the house, which is owned by Reba and Richard Childs.
While assisting the fire marshal and cleaning up equipment from the first fire, North Beach fire department received another call around 8:14 p.m. for a second fire.
Firefighters responded to a house on C Street for a reported kitchen fire. After arriving, they saw heavy smoke from the dwelling, and found the fire had extended from the kitchen to an adjacent room.
Two burned victims were treated at the scene and were transported to the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center via a Maryland State Police medevac.
Stanton said a man and a woman had moderate inhalation injuries, which they likely sustained when they tried to fight the fire themselves.
The cause of the fire appeared to be the food that was cooked, which caused the grease to overflow and heat up, according to Stanton. The grease was ignited, became an open flame and caused nearby items in the kitchen to catch fire.
“Be careful when you are cooking with grease in your household,” Stanton said. “It will boil over and spread, and it is subject to an open fire, which is hard to control.”
In addition to having working alarms, Stanton reminds residents to have a working fire extinguisher readily accessible to put out kitchen fires.
The fire department also asks residents to test their smoke alarms weekly and remember to change their alarm batteries when they adjust their clocks for Daylight Saving Time twice a year.
Aftermath of a deadly fire Nov. 1 in North Beach.
Authorities say a house fire Thursday evening killed a man in North Beach and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage.