Fire kills man, 79, at his home in Pasadena


A 79-year-old Pasadena man died yesterday after a fast-moving fire engulfed his wood-frame bungalow, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

The body of Henry A. Nevrkla of 1320 River Road was found by firefighters by the front door of his home, where he lived alone. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Battalion Chief Gary Sheckells said the apparent cause of the blaze was a faulty section of a wood stove. "We don't know whether he fell asleep, panicked or was just overcome by smoke," Chief Sheckells said. "The pipe leading up from the stove was worn away, and embers from the fire escaped into the house and caught fire to combustibles."

A neighbor reported being awakened about 7:10 a.m. by the blast of a boat horn from Whites Cove. The boat's skipper apparently saw the house in flames and wanted to alert someone on land, Chief Sheckells said. Two fire alarms were sounded, but 45 firefighters were unable to control the intense blaze.

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