Odenton, Maryland (Arundel News Network) – On February 14 the Anne Arundel County Fire Department was dispatched around 12:39 p.m. to the 1200 block of Odenton Road in Odenton, MD for a reported apartment fire. The fire was reported in a 4-story apartment building at the Catholic Charities Senior Housing at Friendship Village.
A 83-year-old female was found suffering from burns in a second-floor apartment. She was transported by Maryland State Police helicopter to the John Hopkins Burn Center at Bayview Hospital. She was listed in critical conditions with life-threatening injuries. She succumbed to her injuries just prior to midnight from thermal injuries. She was identified as Betty Lee Farley. Another 84-year-old female patient was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center with minor injuries due to smoke inhalation.
Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and Baltimore/Washington International AIrport Fire & Rescue Departments all assisted on location.
The fire was located in the kitchen area of the second-floor apartment. The preliminary cause of the fire was accidental. Ms. Farley was cooking on the stop top when she turned to empty her trash can. During this action her clothing came into contact with the electric burner element and ignited. She attempted to extinguish herself and walked out into the hallway where additional aid was given by residents. The second patient received her injuries as she attempted to assist Ms. Farley.
Ms. Farley is the second fire death in Anne Arundel County in 2019. The first was George Christopher Kouimanis a 37-year-old male on January 30 as a result of an accidental fire at his home in the 400 block of Wellham Avenue in Glen Burnie.