Arundel officials seek cause of blaze that left 7 homeless on Thanksgiving

Severn fire one of three in area to spoil holiday

November 24, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Anne Arundel County fire officials were trying to determine the cause yesterday of a Thanksgiving Day fire that left seven people in Severn homeless.

The fire -- one of three in the Baltimore area that marred the holiday -- started about 7 p.m. Thursday on the first floor of a townhouse in the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive and quickly spread to three adjoining houses, causing more than $160,000 in damage, authorities said.

Two of the dwellings were rendered uninhabitable, leaving three adults and four children, including two infants, homeless, said Division Chief John M. Scholz.

In addition to the two houses destroyed, two other houses in the row were damaged by smoke and water, Scholz said. Two dogs died in the fire, but no people were hurt, said Scholz, adding that about 40 firefighters worked for 40 minutes to control the blaze.

Earlier Thursday, an Arnold couple and their four children were left homeless after a fire started in an upstairs bedroom from an unattended candle, Scholz said. No one was injured.

The blaze, which started about 12:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Tamarack Trail, took 28 firefighters about 20 minutes to control, he said. The fire was largely contained to the second floor.

Firefighters were able to salvage two turkeys roasting in the oven, Scholz said.

Four Baltimore families also were left homeless on Thanksgiving after a four-alarm fire ripped through six rowhouses in Fells Point before dawn.

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