Apartment Fire Claims One Life in Great Mills

ST. MARY'S COUNTY, Md. (February 9, 2012) – A joint investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Investigations is investigating the cause of death of an adult male victim from an overnight fire at 45955 Foxchase Drive in Great Mills. The victim was located inside the two bedroom, first floor apartment of the two story wood framed garden style apartment building.

Approximately 45 firefighters from Bay District Co.9, Bay District Co. 3, Valley Lee, and Hollywood Fire Departments responded to the scene. First arriving units observed heavy smoke coming from the building and found the bulk of the fire had burned itself out upon entry into the apartment. The deceased male victim was located in a chair located in the living room.

Investigators located evidence of smoking materials and a home medical oxygen unit inside the apartment. The bulk of the fire was confined to the living room where the victim was located. Although the victim is believed to be the known occupant of the apartment, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the identity and cause of death. Smoke alarms were not determined to have been operating at the time of the incident. An alert neighbor notified 911 and summoned the fire department to the scene.

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