5-year-old dies in Edgewood townhouse fire Friday night

A joint investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Maryland State Police is under way at the scene of a one alarm fatal fire at 1417 Charlestown Drive in Edgewood that took the life of a 5 year-old boy Friday night, the fire marshal's office said.

The 6:25 p.m. one alarm fire was contained to the basement of the two-story wood frame,
center unit townhouse by first arriving firefighters.

Approximately 45 firefighters from fire companies in Harford and Baltimore counties controlled the blaze within 25 minutes, the fire marshal's office said in a news release.

The home was occupied at the time by the boy, his father and 2 year-old sister. The father escaped with the girl, but was not able to save his 5-year-old son, the fire marshal's release said.

Investigators have determined the fire originated in the basement of the home. The cause remains under investigation.

The fire marshal's office said working smoke alarms were operating at the time of the fire.

The victim will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

Units from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company Abingdon Fire Company, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, Edgewood Station and the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County were alerted for a house fire with reported child trapped, the Joppa-Magnoia Fire Company said in a news release issued from the scene.

Crews arrived to find a two story, inside of the row townhouse, with smoke showing, the fire company news release added.

Several units remained on the scene after 11:15 p.m., the fire company said in a follow-up release.

Mobile Crisis Disaster Assistance was requested to assist the displaced occupants of the home, according to Joppa-Magnolia's public information officer.

The critical incident stress debriefing team from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems is also on scene, he said.

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