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June 02, 2005

GLEN BURNIE

Man, 28, dies from burns, smoke inhalation after fire

A 28-year-old man died yesterday after suffering smoke inhalation and burns caused by a fire in his Glen Burnie apartment. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental but is under investigation, according to a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

County firefighters learned of the fire at 3:40 a.m. yesterday. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they saw smoke coming from an apartment at 206 Water Fountain Court in Cromwell Fountain. They forced their way into the apartment.

Steven P. Strohminger was found unconscious in a back bathroom. He was rushed to North Arundel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Burns covered 40 percent of his body, the spokesman said.

Thirty firefighters responded to the call, and the fire was under control by 3:55 a.m.

The Glen Burnie apartment complex does not have sprinklers, and the smoke detector in the apartment had been disconnected. The fire was contained to one apartment and caused $40,000 in damage.

- Annie Linskey

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