From the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal:
HARFORD COUNTY, MD (February 23, 2011) – Deputy State Fire Marshals are currently investigating the cause of a fire that caused serious injuries to a Bel Air resident. Kathleen M. Ellis, 44, was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for smoke inhalation and thermal burn injuries received in her home located in the 1200 block of Kirby Circle in Bel Air, MD.
Harford County Sheriff’s Office responded to her home in response to a 911 call that had disconnected. Upon arrival, deputies found smoke conditions and requested fire department response, then entered and located the unconscious victim in a second floor bedroom. She was removed to the exterior and CPR was initiated as units responded from Bel Air and Abingdon Fire Departments. Ms. Ellis was transported by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where she remains in critical condition.
Firefighters contained the fire to the room of origin within ten minutes after arrival.
Damages are estimated at $40,000 for structure and contents. No other injuries were reported during the incident. Investigators have determined the fire originated in a second-floor bedroom. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.