Fires displace Arundel residents

Annapolis apartment blaze leaves 12 homeless

Severn home destroyed

February 11, 2005|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

A Wednesday night blaze at the Spa Cove Apartments in Annapolis left a dozen residents temporarily homeless, fire officials said.

Hours later, three Severn residents were displaced after a fire ravaged their single-family house on Watts Avenue near Arundel Mills Mall, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

In Annapolis, firefighters evacuated 10 adults and two children shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, when the fire raced through a third-floor apartment, said Capt. Joseph Martin, a spokesman for the city Fire Department.

The Red Cross placed residents of the building, located in the 900 block of Primrose Road, in temporary shelter, Martin said. He was unsure late yesterday when they would be able to return to their homes. According to Martin, one resident was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for minor injuries, and another was treated at the scene.

Units from Anne Arundel County and the Naval Academy assisted Annapolis firefighters, Martin said. All the apartments in one building had smoke and water damage, and one apartment was destroyed, he said.

Investigators believe that improperly discarded smoking materials are to blame; damage is estimated at $200,000.

The Severn home was destroyed by the flames, which ignited shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday, according to county Fire Department spokesman Capt. Michael Cox.

One of 33 firefighters on the scene suffered a knee injury while battling the blaze; she was taken to North Arundel Hospital, where she was treated and released, Cox said.

The Red Cross placed the home's three adults in temporary housing, Cox said. No cause has been determined, and damage is estimated at $300,000.

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