Three dead after a fire in a Maryland group home

Federico Mansilla
Abril 24, 2018

Three people are dead following an overnight fire in a house used as a group home in Severn, Maryland.

Firefighters were called to a house fire just after 10:45 the 7900 block of Stone Hearth Road.

According to fire officials, four people had got out from the home on the own and told firefighters who had arrived that someone was possibly still inside.

Firefighters entered the house and found one adult who was declared dead at the scene.

During further searches of the home, two more people were found dead inside.

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The fire occurred at a home operated by Arundel Lodge - a nonprofit agency that works with adults and families affected by mental health and substance abuse disorders.

The victims, whose names are not being released pending notification of their families, include two adult male residents and one female worker.

Anne Arundel County fire says the fire was extinguished in about an hour by 45 firefighters from Anne Arundel County, Fort Meade and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The fire department's Explosives Investigation Unit remained on the scene overnight and reported there were working smoke alarms in the home.

"This is the first incident of this kind in the over 40 years of Arundel Lodge's service to the community, and we are absolutely devastated", Drummond said in a statement.

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