A Severna Park man died from injuries he sustained while on the job earlier this month when fire investigators said a propane leak inside of a shipping container was ignited, causing an explosion.
Kevin Zichelli, 33, was declared dead on May 19 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he had been transported with life-threatening injuries after the explosion, which investigators said was sparked by Zichelli starting a forklift in the gas-filled container. They ruled the explosion was accidental.
Zichelli left behind his parents, Bob and Jenny, as well as four brothers, two sisters and over one hundred cousins, aunts and uncles, according to his obituary.
Like many of his family members, Kevin Zichelli played varsity lacrosse at Severna Park High School, helping lead the Falcons into three state championships during his tenure. He went on to play for the Riverhawks, making the National Junior College Athletic Association’s All-American list in 2008 and 2009. He also played club lacrosse at the University of Maryland College Park, where he graduated in 2011.
“He had a motor. Kevin was a grinder,” said former Severna Park boys lacrosse coach Larry Kramer, who started as head coach during Kevin’s senior year. “He was always ready to play.”
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Kramer and Kevin’s father, Bob Zichelli, have been lifelong friends and coached lacrosse together for seven years.
Kevin continued to referee lacrosse during his adult life. Kramer recalled disputing one of Kevin’s calls when he had moved on to coach at Arundel High School.
“He looked at me like he was a player,” Kramer said. “It’s just one of those things you never forget.”
A visitation was Wednesday at Barranco Severna Park Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A funeral mass was held Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. The burial was private.
Zichelli is the fifth person to die from fire in Anne Arundel County this year.
In April, Danielle Neal, a 62-year-old veteran, following an Annapolis house fire, which investigators said was caused by a lit cigarette near an oxygen tank. Joann Marie Smith, 75, died days after her Severn home caught fire. In March, Darlene Feeheley suffered fatal burns, and her husband was injured, when their Woodlawn Heights home caught fire. Also in March, Christopher Blake Isaksen, 62, was declared dead after a fire at a Quarterfield Road home.
Two people died from fire in 2021, and three were killed in fires in 2020, according to the county fire department.