(Photo courtesy/Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company)
An Edgewood man sustained severe smoke inhalation in a fire at his home Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.
The fire broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday in the rear sun porch of a two-story home in the 400 block of Winterberry Drive in Edgewood, according to a release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The home’s owner, William Becker, was alerted to the blaze by a smoke alarm and a monitoring company and fled, but sustained “extensive” smoke inhalation, the State Fire Marshal’s Office said. A neighbor attempted to extinguish the fire with a hand-held extinguisher.
A total of 61 firefighters from the Abingdon, Joppa-Magnolia, Aberdeen Proving Ground, and Bel Air fire companies as well as the Harford County Hazmat team responded and brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes.
Becker was transported to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Wednesday morning and is expected to make a full recovery. The homeowners’ two cats have not been accounted for.
Damage to the home is estimated at $90,000, while damages to its contents are estimated at $60,000, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.