Monday, October 31, 2016

CAUSE DETERMINED IN CRISFIELD FATAL FIRE

CAUSE DETERMINED IN CRISFIELD FATAL FIRE

Somerset County, MD (October 31, 2016) – Deputy State Fire Marshals have determined the origin and cause of a dwelling fire which claimed three lives over the weekend in the 26000 Block of Johnson Creek Road.
After an extensive fire scene examination, the fire was determined to have originated in the living room on the first floor of the dwelling. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental. The fire was determined to be the result of a malfunction within the dwelling’s electrical system and more particularly a failure within an electrical receptacle located behind a sofa which was situated along the dwelling’s front wall.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined 44-year-old Jennifer L. Cooper, 16-year-old Angelina N. Pinkston and a five month old Kaiden A. Pace all perished from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.
The early morning blaze was called into the Somerset County Emergency Operations Center at 6:26 a.m. on October 29, 2016. The fire brought approximately 50 firefighters from Crisfield and mutual aid departments. Fire crews worked approximately 90 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Damage estimates to the structure and contents are $80,000.
No smoke alarms were located during the investigation. The State Fire Marshal’s Office urges all Maryland citizens to ensure they have working smoke alarms within their homes.

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