Man, 60, dies in Havre de Grace fire

A 60-year-old man died and two others were hurt, one critically, in an early-morning fire in Havre de Grace, according to state fire officials.

A resident of a house in the 200 block of S. Union Ave. reported the fire at about 4:30 a.m. via a 911 call, said Bruce Bouch, director of public education and media affairs for the state fire marshal's office, which is investigating the incident.

Firefighters from Havre de Grace, Aberdeen and Level volunteer fire departments reported to the one-alarm fire, and extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes, the spokesman said. The site of the fire was a Victorian-style house that had been converted into nine apartments.

Keith Dowden, who was in the apartment where the fire started, died at the scene, Bouch said. Helen Logan, a 70-year-old woman believed to be Dowden's girlfriend, was also in the apartment, according to the spokesman. Logan is in critical condition at Harford Memorial Hospital.

The fire was contained to Dowden's apartment.

An unidentified male resident of another apartment was also taken to Harford Memorial, where he was treated for mild smoke inhalation. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Dowden's cause of death will be determined after an autopsy by the chief medical examiner, Bouch said.

There were working smoke alarms in the house, though it is unclear whether Dowden's detector was working at the time of the fire. A cause of the fire has not been determined.

According to Houch, 10 others were displaced in the fire.

Doug Lent, spokesman for the American Red Cross, said that a total of eight families were affected. The nonprofit organization is providing the displaced with emergency shelter, food and clothing, he said, and is coordinating with county organizations for long-term support.

Since the fire was contained to one apartment, preliminary damage estimates are at $60,000, Bouch said. He noted that though sprinkler systems are mandatory in Havre de Grace, the home on Union Avenue was an older structure not covered under the statute.

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