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Man, 55, dies in fire at his house in Mayo

A 55-year-old disabled Mayo man died in a one-alarm fire at his house yesterday, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

Officials identified the victim as Horace Eugene Fuller of the 3700 block of Camp Letts Road. Lt. Robert Kornman, fire department spokesman, said Mr. Fuller's body was discovered in the kitchen.

The one-alarm blaze, which started about 3:30 p.m., was confined mostly to the living room of the white ranch house off a dirt road, Lieutenant Kornman said.

Relatives said last night Mr. Fuller was found clutching a cushion from the living room sofa. "It looked like he was trying to make his way out . . . like he had been trying to get out with the burning pillow," said his brother, Wilbert Fuller, who works at the nearby YMCA Camp Letts.

Horace Fuller had lived in the house with his brother, James Fuller, for about five years. He had been suffering for years from constant hiccups and was taking medication for it, Wilbert Fuller said.

Fire officials had not determined the cause.

At one point, 22 firefighters were on the scene.

Lieutenant Kornman said fire investigators will try to determine the cause of the fire today.

Professor honored for biography

Naval Academy history professor Craig L. Symonds has been honored by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute of Gettysburg College for his new book on the life of Civil War Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston.

Mr. Symonds' book, "Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography," was selected as one of three finalists out of 64 books nominated for the 1993 Lincoln Prize.

The institute selected two winners: Albert Castel's "Decision in the West," an account of the 1864 Atlanta campaign, and University of California at Berkeley professor Kenneth Stampp, for his lifetime contributions to Civil War history, especially his 1956 book, "The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Antebellum South."

Mr. Symonds' book described the life and career of Johnston, who was the most senior U.S. Army officer to resign and fight for the Confederacy.

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