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One dead in fire near Havre de Grace Thursday

RECORD STAFF REPORTS

2:24 PM EST, December 13, 2012

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A person died in a house fire early Thursday morning in the Webster Village area of eastern Harford County near Havre de Grace, the spokesman for the State Fire Marshal's Office said.

Investigators were still at the home in the 4000 block of U Way and the Office of the State Medical Examiner was en route to the scene, said Bruce Bouch, director of public education and media affairs for the Fire Marshal's Office.

Bouch said the first call for the fire in the two-story, Cape Cod style dwelling was received at 4:37 a.m. and the fire went to two alarms for additional manpower.

After the fire was brought under control, firefighters found a body in a second floor bedroom of the house, Bouch said.

"At this time there is no positive identification," Bouch said. "The medical examiner will identify the body and determine the cause of death."

Bouch said investigators have made no preliminary determination of the cause of the fire.

He also said that when the first units arrived on the scene, they heard a smoke detector working.

Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Fire and EMS Association, posted on the association's Facebook page that the first arriving units reported the fire was already through the roof of the home.

Approximately 50 firefighters from the Level, Aberdeen and Susquehanna Hose volunteer companies in Harford County and from companies in Cecil County responded to the fire, Gardiner said.

According to state tax records, the 1,300 square foot Webster Village House was built in 1950.

Thursday's death was the second in a week in Harford County in connection with a fire. On Dec. 6, a 52-year-old man died in a Pylesville home from smoke inhalation from what investigators said was a "minor" electrical fire in his bedroom. Deputy state fire marshals said the Pylesville victim's pre-existing medical condition may have prevented him from escaping.