A 67-year-old woman died, one firefighter was seriously injured and two families lost most of their belongings in three fires in Glen Burnie and Lothian Tuesday.
Firefighters found the body of Hilda Delores Bennett, 67, inside her trailer in the 200 block of Thompson Avenue in Glen Burnie after they extinguished the 8 p.m. blaze, said Capt. Gary Sheckells, a county fire department spokesman.
Investigators said the fire started when clothing near a space heater ignited.
Ray Mudd, the volunteer chief of the Deale company, was in serious condition yesterday at Francis Scott Key Burn Center in Baltimore after sustaining second-degree burns when the roof of a home in the 200 block of West Bay Front Road in Lothian collapsed on him Tuesday morning, Sheckells said.
Volunteer Jack Browning and professional firefighter Kevin Strawbridge suffered minor burns and were treated and released from Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sheckells said.
Damage to the home and its contents was estimated at $175,000.
A passer-by noticed smoke coming from the home at 10:20 a.m. and called the fire department from a neighbor's house.
An electrical malfunction in a living room ceiling fan was the cause of the fire, Sheckells said.
Two families lost their possessions when a fire broke out in the basement laundry room of an apartment building in the Woodside Terrace complex in Glen Burnie. No one was injured.
The cause of that fire is under investigation, Sheckells said.
Tuesday'sfire was the second at the complex, which is off Parke West Drive near Quarterfield Road. Eight families were displaced Christmas morningwhen an electrical fire broke out at about 3:40 a.m. No one was injured in the blaze.