Fatal Fire In Glen Burnie Claims 63-Year-Old Man: Officials
GLEN BURNIE, MD - A Glen Burnie man died in an accidental house fire early Monday morning, officials said.
Firefighters identified the victim as 63-year-old Alfred Berge and said this was the county's sixth fire fatality of 2023.
A press release said Berge owned the home that caught fire in the 200 block of Carroll Road.
Crews said multiple neighbors called 911 to report the blaze around 12:52 a.m. Callers told dispatchers that they thought Berge was still inside the one-story, single-family home.
First responders said they arrived about six minutes after the call and found the burning house.
Firefighters said they found Berge inside the back part of the home and pronounced him dead on the scene. Officials think he was the only occupant.
Investigators estimated that the blaze caused $154,500 in damage and said the flames started in the living room toward the back of the house. They don't know if the home had working smoke detectors or what caused the fire, however.
A team of 57 firefighters said it controlled the one-alarm blaze in an hour and eight minutes.
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department thanked these agencies for their assistance:
- Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services
- Annapolis Fire Department
- Anne Arundel County Police Department
- Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
"As temperatures continue to drop outside, the risk of fires increases," the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said in the release. "Remember to reduce fire risk in your home by having your chimney inspected and ensuring your smoke detectors are in working order. For a full list of fire prevention tips, visit our AACoFD - Public Education website."
The fire department said these were the other fatal fire victims this year:
- May 3, 2023 - John S. Billing, 54, died from injuries sustained during a fire at his home. The home did have working smoke alarms.
- May 5, 2023 - Anthony Slough, 59, died from injuries sustained during a fire at a home he was living in. The home did not have smoke detectors.
- June 5, 2023 - Mark A. Harvey, 50, died from injuries sustained due to the fire he intentionally set during a police-related incident.
- Saturday, June 10, 2023 - Marianne Forrest, 64, died from injuries sustained during a fire at her home.
- October 14, 2023 - Kathleen Lewis, 64, died from injuries sustained during a fire at her home.
This map shows the area where officials said the Monday fire happened.
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