Woman dies in apartment complex fire

Five units destroyed, 30 families are forced to flee during blaze

November 16, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

A woman whose son called the fire department died in an early morning fire that destroyed five apartments in a Glen Burnie apartment complex and drove 30 families from their homes, the Anne Arundel County EMS/Fire/Rescue said.

At 2: 26 a.m. yesterday, 911 dispatchers received a call from a man in his early 30s. The man lived with his mother in a first-floor unit in Town & Country South Apartments in the 200 block of Woodhill Drive.

By the time firefighters arrived -- minutes after the call -- flames had engulfed the two apartments above his in the three-story building, and smoke was billowing from the roof.

Fifty-two firefighters brought the fire under control at 3: 52 a.m.

The man -- whose name was not released -- escaped from the apartment. His mother died in the blaze. Her identity was not released, pending an autopsy by the medical examiner's office. No other injuries were reported.

Fire officials said they had not determined the cause of the blaze.

Thirty families were evacuated during the fire, and yesterday afternoon, five families were still not allowed back into their apartments.

Town & Country Management Co., which owns the apartments, offered housing for four families.

The fire caused $350,000 in structural damage and $175,000 in loss of personal belongings.

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