Man, 20, dies following two-alarm house fire in Baldwin

Occupant was unconscious when firefighters arrived

November 04, 2011|The Baltimore Sun

A 20-year-old Harford County man died Thursday night following a two-alarm house fire in Baldwin that took 50 firefighters from Harford and Baltimore counties nearly two hours to control.

According to a statement from the Maryland State Fire Marshal, Conner Daniel McKeown died as a result of a fire in a two-story wood frame house in the 2700 block of Greene Lane.

According to the fire marshal's statement, crews were called at 7:47 p.m. and found McKeown unconscious inside the house. He was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

The fire was reported by McKeown's father, Kevin McKeown, who arrived at the house to find smoke and flames visible from outside and entered the residence to look for his son. The father was brought back outside by firefighters and was treated for minor burn injuries at the scene and released.

According to the fire marshal's statement, investigators have determined that the fire started in the first floor living room and that the house did not have working smoke alarms. Damage to the house and contents have been estimated at $100,000. As of Friday morning, the cause of the fire and the cause of death of the victim remain under investigation, according to the state fire marshal.

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