Elkridge woman spared from fire by sprinkler Blaze causes $5,000 damage

November 20, 1992|By From Staff Reports

An automatic sprinkler system apparently saved the life of an Elkridge woman who firefighters found unconscious in her smoldering apartment yesterday afternoon.

County firefighters rescued Jean Ann Miles, 47, of the 7000 block of Duckett's Lane after receiving a call through an automatic alarm set off by the sprinkler. The sprinkler had extinguished the fire by the time they arrived, said Battalion Chief Donald R. Howell.

Ms. Miles was treated for apparent smoke inhalation and was in stable condition last night at St. Agnes Hospital.

The fire started on a mattress and caused about $5,000 damage to the apartment, Chief Howell said. An investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.

Chief Howell said the apartment sprinkler system kept Ms. Miles alive.

"There's no doubt that had the system not kicked in, the patient would have expired from burns," Chief Howell said.

Firefighters found Ms. Miles unconscious on her bed when they entered the back bedroom of her ground-floor apartment just before 2 p.m. yesterday, Chief Howell said.

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