Fatal Harford fire

Fire marshals investigate a fire in a home in Webster Village near Havre de Grace early Thursday that killed one person. (TED HENDRICKS | RECORD STAFF / December 13, 2012)

Deputy state fire marshals identified the victim of Thursday's fatal fire near Havre de Grace as George M. Scott, 86, who lived in thehome in the Webster Village neighborhood.

An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was completed Friday and determined the cause of Mr. Scott's death was smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, according to a news release from the Fire Marshal's Office.

Mr. Scott was the sole occupant of the home at the time of the fire, according to the release. His body was found in a second floor bedroom.

The 4:37 a.m. fire at 4153 U Way was reported by a neighbor, who saw smoke and flames coming from the rear of the two-story Cape Cod style home, the fire marshal's office said.


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Upon arrival, firefighters reported flames were through the roof and the fire quickly went to two alarms, bringing 50 firefighters from Level, Susquehanna Hose, Aberdeen and Bel Air volunteer fire companies in Harford County and Water Witch Fire Company in Cecil County.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries and were treated at local hospitals and released, according to the Fire Marshal's Office.

A team of deputy state fire marshals spent the day Thursday sifting through debris and determined the fire originated in a second floor bedroom, the same room where the victim was found, according to the fire marshal's office. Detectives with the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack assisted at the scene.

The cause of the fire had not been determined Tuesday afternoon and was under investigation. Damages to the home are estimated at $200,000.

Working smoke alarms were in the first floor of the home, but no evidence of the devices was found on the second floor, according to the fire marshal's office said.

According to state tax records, the 1,300-square-foot Webster Village House was built in 1950. Mr. Scott and Lynda S. Wright are listed in tax record as the owners.

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.

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