Woman in­jured in Owings fire

About 70 vol­un­teer re­spon­ders helped to put out house’s blaze

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By DANDAN ZOU [email protected]­news.com

A woman was res­cued from an Owings house fire early Wed­nes­day morn­ing after dozens of fire­fight­ers re­sponded to bring the fire un­der con­trol.

About 70 fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a multi-story, sin­gle-fam­ily home on Easy Street in Owings around 1:07 a.m. Wed­nes­day.

Steve Stan­ton, deputy chief of the North Beach

Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and one of the fire­fight­ers who re­sponded to the fire, said crews ar­rived on the scene to “see noth­ing but fire.”

It took the fire­fight­ers about 10 min­utes to get it un­der con­trol and res­cue the woman, who was con­fused and dis­ori­ented, Stan­ton said.

The woman, who had an in­hala­tion in­jury due to ex­po­sure to heat and smoke, was treated and trans­ported to the shock trauma cen­ter in Bal­ti­more.

Stan­ton said it’s hard to de­ter­mine how se­ri­ous her in­jury was be­cause a lot of in­hala­tion in­juries can take some time to de­velop.

Stan­ton said the house was “not in­hab­it­able” after the fire, as it caused se­ri­ous dam­age to the en­tire up­per floor and the garage was com­pletely lost. The con­tents of the lower level, how­ever, were mostly pre­served.

The cause of Wed­nes­day’s fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the state fire mar­shal.

As win­ter ap­proaches, Stan­ton re­minds res­i­dents to have their chim­neys cleaned and in­spected at least once a year.

“As soon as we get these cold snaps, peo­ple start to fire up their fire­place for the first time,” he said. “That’s where a lot of these fires start from.”

Chim­ney fires are usu­ally caused by the burn­ing of cre­osote that builds up inside the chim­ney. A dam­aged chim­ney with cracks, for ex­am­ple, can make con­di­tions worse be­cause fire can spread to the sur­round­ing ar­eas in the home.

Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to check their chim­neys for cracks them­selves and also have them in­spected when they are getting cleaned by pro­fes­sion­als.

PHOTO BY NORTH BEACH VOL­UN­TEER FIRE DEPART­MENT

About 70 fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a multi-story, sin­gle-fam­ily home around 1:07 a.m. Wed­nes­day in Owings. One woman was res­cued from the fire. She was re­port­edly dis­ori­ented and con­fused.

PHOTO BY NORTH BEACH VOL­UN­TEER FIRE DEPART­MENT

Fire crews re­port­edly ar­rived at a multi-story, sin­gle-fam­ily home in Owings a lit­tle after 1 a.m. Wed­nes­day to “see noth­ing but fire.”

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