One person died in a three-alarm house fire Wednesday near Havre de Grace, a spokeswoman for the Office of the State Fire Marshal said.
Multiple fire companies from Harford and Cecil counties responded to the blaze in the 4000 block of Webster Road after 911 received multiple phone calls from neighbors reporting “a lot of smoke and flames,” said Emily Witty, a public information officer for the fire marshal’s office.
The fire was not considered under control until 3:15 p.m., Witty said, approximately three hours after it was first reported.
“Firefighters encountered a very big scene, that’s why so many people are on deck,” she said.
The fire escalated quickly and the two-story house became completely engulfed in flames, Witty said.
Investigators from the fire marshal’s office, with support of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Maryland State Police, are working to determine the cause and origin of the fire, Witty said.
One adult was found dead at the scene; no additional people were at home at the time of the fire. Officials were not releasing the name of the deceased at this time, Witty said.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine cause of death and identity of the victim.
The first arriving units from the Level Volunteer Fire Company reported a home fully involved in fire with a collapse, according to a social media post by the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association’s public information officers.
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