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Anne Arundel County

Annapolis town house fire displaces seven people, injures one firefighter

Seven people were displaced and one firefighter was injured following a fire overnight in Annapolis, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said.

Anne Arundel County firefighters responded around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday to the 1600 block of Elkwood Court after multiple reports of a two-story town house on fire.

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The two-alarm fire began in the rear of the town house and spread to a total of four residences. Three were determined to be a total loss and the fourth was a partial loss, according to a department news release.

A firefighter from the Naval Support Activity Annapolis Fire Department was evaluated on the scene for injuries that weren’t life-threatening and transported to a hospital for observation, said Lt. Mike Mayo, an Anne Arundel County fire spokesperson.

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Five adults and two children were displaced. The American Red Cross was on scene to assist. No civilian injuries were reported, Mayo said.

A homeowner was at work when a motion-detection security camera notified her of movement at her home. From her cellphone, she saw fire, according to the release.

The homeowner called a family member, who is also a neighbor. The brother tried to enter the home to save a dog but was unsuccessful because the fire was too large, the release states. The dog was reported to have died, according to the release.

The Anne Arundel County Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit is investigating the cause of the fire.

About 58 firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in 50 minutes. Annapolis Fire Department and Naval Support Activity Annapolis Fire Department assisted.

The estimated cost of the damage as a result of the fire is $445,000.


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