January 31, 2023
Annapolis, US 38 F

One killed, another missing after fatal Severn fire

Photo: AACoFD
Photo: AACoFD

One occupant of a dwelling was killed and a second occupant is not accounted for following an early morning fire this morning in Severn.

Just before 3:40 this morning firefighters responded to the 1200 block of Old Camp Meade Road in Severn for a reported dwelling fire. The initial caller to 911 stated that the second floor of the house was on fire and upon arrival of firefighters the dwelling was 100% involved. The fire was brought under control in 40 minutes by 50 firefighters from Anne Arundel County, Fort Meade and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Upon searching the structure firefighters discovered one victim deceased on the first floor. Family members indicated the likelihood that there would have been two occupants at home at the time of the fire. Additional searches and fire investigation have been delayed by the structural instability of the dwelling including an unstable chimney and weakened floors.

Members of the Anne Arundel County Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit are on the scene, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The damage to the dwelling is estimated at approximately $300,000 and is a complete loss.

This dwelling was the location of a two-alarm fire on February 13th of this year and was in the process of being repaired. On that date, firefighters were dispatched to this address for a dwelling fire and found heavy fire conditions on the second floor. A second alarm was requested bringing firefighters to the scene from Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Fort Meade and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The cause of the February fire was not determined but was believed to be accidental in nature. There is currently not believed to be any connection between  the February incident and today’s fire.

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