Crofton, Maryland (ANN) – Just before 4:00 p.m. yesterday (May 9, 2019) the Anne Arundel County Dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a resident at 1831 Ralston Place reporting a dwelling fire.
Firefighters responded to a 9-1-1 call from an occupant of the home reporting that there was smoke in the home and a person was trapped. The occupant stated that when he opened the front door he found smoke in the house. The first arriving firefighters reported nothing evident from the home but upon further investigation they found the home’s windows were stained with smoke and smoke throughout the home.
Firefighters located a fire in the sunroom which had extinguished itself prior to the arrival of the firefighters. An adult female was located in the same room but was deceased. The identity of the deceases has not been released at this time.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the members of the County’s Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit. The fire took 31 firefighters to put under control. Units from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS department assisted on the scene. The estimated dollar loss has not been determined.
It is important to note that the house had no working smoke detectors. According to the NFPA almost 3 out of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no working smoke alarms (17%). Please remember to test your smoke detector monthly.