Two people injured in separate blazes in Anne Arundel Flash fire from boat severely burns man


Two separate fires in Anne Arundel County yesterday morning damaged several homes and injured two people, including a man who suffered burns on more than half his body.

John Corcoran, 27, had just reconnected the fuel line to the 16-foot power boat in his garage, in the 900 block of South Weiker Road, Harmans, and was starting the engine shortly after 11 a.m. when the flash fire started, fire officials said.

Mr. Corcoran, who was home alone at the time of the fire, was able to run to a neighbor's home to call the fire department although he was severely burned, said Capt. Michael Schaal, a fire investigator.

Mr. Corcoran was flown to the Key Burn Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in fair condition last night with burns over 63 percent of his body.

Captain Schaal said the garage was destroyed and the roof of the home was damaged.

He estimated damage at $30,000.

The home is owned by Samuel Harrison, who also lives in the 900 block of Weiker Road.

Fire officials said a suspicious fire at a home under construction in Marley earlier yesterday spread to neighboring houses and caused significant damage.

Captain Schaal said the fire broke out at 1:20 a.m. in a home in the first block of Wendover Road.

The blaze spread to single-family houses on either side, he said.

The home under construction was destroyed, and roofs on the other two houses collapsed. Total damage was estimated at $165,000.

Captain Schaal said the homes are all one-story structures built fairly close together.

He said the cause of the fire is suspicious.

Fire Chief Joseph Ross suffered a back injury when he slipped on a wet spot on the road. Captain Schaal said that he was treated and released from North Arundel Hospital.

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