STATE FIRE MARSHAL UPDATE – Officials from Medstar Washington Hospital Center reported that Barbara Sue Thompson, 75, succumbed to the injuries she had received during a fire inside her home yesterday in Hughesville.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal and Charles County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire that also seriously injured a 44-year-old man who rescued Thompson. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.
At around 9:30 a.m., firefighters from Charles, St. Mary’s, Prince George’s County, and Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported dwelling fire at 5950 Foster Place in Hughesville.
Deputy State Fire Marshals had determined the fire originated on the first floor of the dwelling and concluded the male occupant was on the home’s second floor when he heard an explosion and saw smoke from the HVAC vents. He then went to the first floor and found heavy fire conditions in a bedroom on the first floor. He entered the room, rescued Thompson, and was subsequently injured.
This is the fourth fire fatality in less than a week in Maryland, and all are under investigation, including a fire in Waldorf that claimed the lives of a woman and infant last Thursday.
“These tragic incidents are heartbreaking and are a reminder that fire is everyone’s fight. Get out, stay out. Have working smoke alarms and an escape plan in place,” stated State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci
“The first line of defense against fire is prevention,” Geraci continued, “Prevention starts with awareness. I’m asking all Maryland families to be aware of the fire hazards in your home and address them sooner rather than later.”
UPDATE: 10:50 a.m., One firefighter was transported to a local hospital for an injured finger.
HUGHESVILLE, Md. – This morning at approximately 9:29 a.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to a structure fire in the 5900 block of Foster Place.
Crews arrived on the scene to find the two-story home engulfed with smoke and fire. All occupants were reported to be out of the home. A 75-year-old female was found lying on the ground nearby badly burned. That patient was transported to MedStar Trauma Center.
EMS also cared for a second patient on the scene who had suffered from inhalation related injuries and burns. That patient was transported to WHC Burn Center.
SMECO was requested to the scene to shut off the power to the residence.
The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal has been requested to the scene.
We will continue to provide any additional updates that we receive.
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