One person died and another was injured in an overnight house fire in northern Harford County early Thursday.
A resident of the mobile home in the 4400 block of Prospect Road in Whiteford discovered the fire just before 2 a.m., according to a news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The property is owned by Scott and Mary Jones, the release said.
It took 50 firefighters from Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company as well as Bel Air, Darlington and Norrisville volunteer companies and Delta-Cardiff and Fawn Grove volunteer companies in Pennsylvania about 30 minutes to control the blaze.
The previous fatal fire in Harford County was in 2016, when three people died. The year before, in 2015, two people died in fires.
Once the fire was extinguished, a male in his 20s was found dead inside the structure, according to Oliver Alkire, deputy state fire marshal. The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.
The three other family members were able to escape and notified firefighters of the man still inside. Because of the location of his room and the fire, the family members could not get to him, Alkire said.
Once outside, the father of the victim “made a very valiant effort” to rescue his son inside, Alkire said.
“He pulled away the siding from the house in hopes of gaining access to where the victim was,” he said.
The father also tried to go back inside but couldn’t because of the heat and flames.
Another resident was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with non-life-threatening burn injuries and was in stable condition.