Children injured in last week's Aberdeen fire released from hospital

The two young children injured in an Aberdeen apartment fire last week have been released from the hospital, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said Wednesday.

The condition of their mother, who was also injured in the fire, was not available on Wednesday.

Their apartment building, a detached house in the 200 block of South Law Street, is now able to be partially occupied, Deputy Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said Wednesday afternoon.

Only the first floor can be occupied, while the second floor remains seriously damaged, Bouch said.

The 26-year-old mother was originally transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore on Feb. 14 and her two boys, ages 2 and 4, were transported to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics Hospital Center, according to a media release from the Fire Marshal's Office. The mother's condition the morning after the fire was listed as critical but stable.

Bouch did not know when the boys were released, nor did he have any updates on the mother's condition. The three have not been publicly identified and Bouch was not sure where the family is staying.

All three received burns to their upper extremities and were outside the building when firefighters arrived on the scene, according to the State Fire Marshal's original media release about the fire.

The 10:16 a.m. one-alarm fire at 211 S. Law St. in Aberdeen was contained to the bedroom of the second floor apartment of the two-story wood frame dwelling that has two apartment units, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

The first responders to the scene immediately reported people with "burn injuries," according to monitored Harford County emergency radio transmissions, which also reported heavy smoke showing from the building.

The woman and children suffered burns to their head, face and arms, Bouch had said last week.

Approximately 25 firefighters from the Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department, Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace and Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department brought the fire under control within five minutes, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

Two medic units were on the scene to handle the injuries, according to the Harford Fire and EMS Association media Facebook page, which said the fire was contained at 10:34 a.m. The Fire & EMS Association post also stated, "The pediatrics [children] are Priority 1 or very serious."

Investigators determined smoke alarms were not operating inside the apartment at the time of the fire, according to the Fire Marshal's Office.

"No batteries were located in the smoke alarm," Bouch said.

Damage to the building was estimated at $50,000.

According to Bouch, deputy state fire marshals are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire and had planned to speak with the mother once her condition improved to permit an interview.

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