Investigation into fatal Glen Burnie fire continues

Federal agents help in trying to determine the cause

November 12, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

Fire and police officials are continuing to investigate Wednesday's two-alarm blaze at a Glen Burnie auto body shop in which two people died.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in trying to determine the cause of the morning fire, Division Chief Michael Cox said, and the state medical examiner's office is helping to identify the bodies, which were badly burned, he said.

Officials have not released the names of the victims, but family members and co-workers say they were 45-year-old Macho Acevedo and 17-year-old Yoni Ramos, according to WJZ-TV. The two men worked at the shop and sometimes spent the night there, relatives told the station.

The fire broke out about 9:30 a.m. in a commercial building in the 300 block of Arundel Corporation Road, where crews reported flames through the roof, forcing them to go to a second alarm, fire officials said. About 60 firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about an hour. The two bodies were found after a search of the building.

On Friday, workers were clearing charred rubble from the site.

John Davis, who said he was helping with the cleanup, said he thought the body shop had been operating for about a year. He knew the men believed to be the victims by sight but not by name.

Early some evenings, he said, he saw people visit with them.

"They had a barbecue set up outside, and they did chicken," he said.

What appeared to be the remains of a grill lay amid the blackened rubble.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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