Fire Victim Called Relative, Not Firefighters

October 15, 1991|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

A 63-year-old Pasadena woman died yesterday after calling a relative instead of the fire department when she spotted flames in her kitchen, authorities said.

When firefighters arrived at the home in the 400 block of McLarinDrive at 9:45 a.m., they found Marian Johnson unconscious in the bedroom, department spokesman Capt. Gary Sheckells said.

Sheckells said when Johnson, who had a heart condition, found the fire in the kitchen of her one-story home, she called a relative in Brooklyn.

FOR THE RECORD - Due to erroneous information supplied by the county fire department,circumstances surrounding the death of Marian Johnson were reported incorrectly in Tuesday's Anne Arundel County Sun. Johnson was on the phone with her daughter when she discovered a fire in her home. Her daughter then called Baltimore City 911, which relayed the call to officials in Anne Arundel County.

That relative then dialed 911 and reached Baltimore's fire communications, which relayed the information to Anne Arundel County fire communications, Sheckells said.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke billowing from the front and back of the brick home, neighbors said.

"It was real heavy," said Moses Jones, a neighbor and friend of Johnson's.

Sheckells said fire investigators do not know the cause ofthe fire, only that it started in the kitchen. No one else was home at the time of the blaze.

Investigators estimated damage to the house and it contents at about $90,000.

Authorities are waiting for an autopsy to determine if Johnson died as a result of the fire or her heart condition.

Earlier yesterday morning, a three-alarm fire destroyed two barns in a field near Crofton. Firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Meyer's Station Road about 3 a.m. to battle the blazes, fire authorities said.

About $20,000 worth of farming equipment stored in the barns was destroyed.

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