Ten people were displaced as the result of a building fire in Glen Burnie Friday morning. Firefighters were alerted to the fire in the 1000 block of Dorsey Road just after 6:00 a.m.
Arriving firefighters found a two story combination commercial and residential property with fire from the roof and rear of the structure. Nearly 50 firefighters brought the fire under control in about 45 minutes. There were no working smoke alarms in the building. Occupants were alerted to the fire after they woke up experiencing respiratory distress from the smoke. A 21-year-old female dropped her four-year-old child from a second-story window to another family member before jumping from the window herself. The mother drove herself and the child to Harbor Hospital Center where she was treated for exposure to smoke and a leg injury and the child treated for exposure to smoke. There were no other injuries. The fire is under investigation by members of the Anne Arundel County Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit and damage is estimated at $300,000.
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 and that they are tested monthly.