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Old 12-07-2015, 01:26 PM
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Default Fatal Fire in Emmitsburg

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Fatal Fire in Emmitsburg

        

On December 7, 2015, Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Units and the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported fire at 112 W. Main Street in Emmitsburg. There are several apartments located at this location and initial reports indicated there were victims trapped within the structure. Initial responders from the Vigilant Hose Company conducted rescue operations upon arrival located and extricated three victims from the address.

Currently there is one confirmed fatality at the scene and two other victims were transported for treatment. One victim was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police Helicopter and the other victim was transported by ambulance to Gettysburg Hospital in Pennsylvania.

The Frederick County Fire Investigation Task Force is currently on the scene conducting the cause and origin and death investigation. The event is in its early stages and is ongoing.

The fire department response has reached two alarms. West Main Street in Emmitsburg (MD 140) is currently shut down and will be so for several hours. We encourage the public to stay clear of the area so first responders can complete their operations.

Updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.

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Old 12-08-2015, 07:10 PM
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Default Victim Identified in Emmitsburg Fatal Fire

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Victim Identified in Emmitsburg Fatal Fire

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On December 7, 2015, Fire and Rescue Units from the Emmitsburg Fire and Ambulance Companies were dispatched at approximately 10am for a reported house fire with subjects trapped at 112 W. Main Street in Emmitsburg, MD. First Responders from the above companies arrived on location with heavy smoke conditions and immediately executed a search
of the location for victims. Three victims were located and removed from the structure and immediately administered emergency life saving care.

Unfortunately, one victim was pronounced deceased at the scene, one victim was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police Helicopter and a second victim was transported to Gettysburg Hospital but then transferred to a Burn Center in Philadelphia. Both of the transported victims had life threatening injuries. The conditions of the two victims are unknown at time of this release.

The address contained two apartments and the occupants of Apartment A were a Female 74 (Deceased) and a Male 69 transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma. They are husband and wife. Their names will not be released until their families can be located and notified.

The occupant of Apartment B is identified as Diana Lyn Meyer a female 43 currently located and undergoing treatment at a Burn Center in Philadelphia, PA.

The Frederick County Fire Investigation Task Force continues the investigation into the cause and origin of the fire. The deceased female has been transported to the Office of the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy. Detectives will be at that location on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, for the autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.

The fire reached a two alarm level with units responding from several surrounding counties as well as Pennsylvania. The fire was brought under control within 35 minutes. First responders as well as Sheriff’s Office personnel remained at the scene well into the afternoon. W. Main Street (MD 140) in Emmitsburg has been reopened to normal traffic.

The death investigation is ongoing.

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Default Victim Dies in Emmitsburg Fatal Fire; Victims Identified

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Victim Dies in Emmitsburg Fatal Fire; Victims Identified

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Diana Lyn Meyer 43 passed away today, at Lehigh Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa, from injuries sustained in the fire on December 7, 2015, in Emmitsburg, MD.

The two other victims yet named are identified as:

Geraldine Rachelle Jones, Female, 74 (Deceased)
Donnie Jones, Male, 69 (Critical Condition at University of Maryland Shock Trauma).

The incident remains under investigation and there is no additional information to release on the cause and origin of the fire. Investigators are hopeful they will be able to interview Donnie Jones in the coming days if his condition improves.

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Default Origin and Cause Determined in Fatal Emmitsburg Fire

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Origin and Cause
Determined in Fatal Emmitsburg Fire


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The Frederick County Fire Marshalís Office has concluded their investigation into the origin and cause of the fatal house fire that occurred on December 7, 2015 at 112 W. Main Street, Emmitsburg, MD.

Lead Fire Investigator DFM Matt Wilby along with other Fire Investigators from the Frederick County Fire Marshalís Office, and Fire Investigators and Electrical Engineers from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) conducted a scene investigation and were able to determine that the fire originated in the front west corner of the living room of the bottom apartment occupied by the Jones family, specifically under a reclining chair. Investigators determined that an extension cord supplying decorative lights had become entangled in the rocking mechanism of the reclining chair likely unbeknownst to the occupants. This resulted in a failure of the extension cord that first ignited the underside of the chair and then spread to nearby combustibles and consumed much of the first floor apartment. Electrical Engineers from the ATF examined the fire debris and extension cord, and concluded that the cord was indeed energized at the time of the failure. Fire Investigators and Electrical Engineers also ruled out all other possible sources of ignition. The origin and cause determination is consistent with the information provided to TaskForce Investigators during an interview with Mr. Jones at The University of Marylandís ShockTrauma on December 10, 2015.

Investigators were also able to determine that smoke alarms were found in each apartment and it was determined that the alarm in the upstairs apartment was functional and did activate. The smoke alarm in the first floor apartment was too damaged by the fire to make a determination of its operational status at the time of the fire.

The Frederick County Fire Investigation Task Force would like to thank the following organizations for their assistance during this investigation: Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, the Baltimore and DC Field Offices of the ATF, Electrical Engineers from the ATF Fire Research Lab in Beltsville, MD and the Vigilant Hose Company.

Donnie Jonesí condition at Shock Trauma has been updated to Fair and he is expected to be released from the hospital soon.
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