Two overnight dwelling fires in Glen Burnie have displaced nine people and injured a firefighter. Around 7:20 Monday evening a house fire was reported in the 300 block of Thelma Avenue. Firefighters responding to a reported kitchen fire arrived at the one story, single family home to find fire from the front and side windows. All occupants had evacuated the dwelling before the arrival of firefighters. A fire was located in the area of the kitchen and brought under control in less than 10 minutes by 35 county firefighters assisted by firefighters from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Four adults have been displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross. The cause of the fire is under investigation by members of the Anne Arundel County Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit, and no dollar loss has been assigned to the fire. There were smoke alarms present in the home, but they did not operate. There were no injuries. It is recommended that smoke alarms be installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. They should be tested monthly, and if they are more than ten years old they should be replaced.
Around 12:20 this morning firefighters responded to a second dwelling fire in the Glen Burnie area when a bedroom fire was reported in a home in the unit block of Leymar Road. Firefighters arrived to find fire from second story windows. The occupants of the home had been alerted to the fire by working smoke alarms which provided them the time to escape safely. A fire was located in a second story bedroom and extinguished in about 20 minutes by 35 firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no dollar loss has been established. Two occupants of the home sustained minor burns but did not require hospital transport. One firefighter received a minor injury and was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Red Cross is assisting five adults displaced as a result of the fire.
These incidents will be updated with Fire Marshal reports separately when received.