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MARYLAND STATE FIRE MARSHAL

Notice of Investigation
DATE: 7/23/2013 TYPE OF INCIDENT: TIME: 4:27 PM FIRE SUBMITTED BY: DSFM J. Ray #8608 EXPLOSIVE OTHER:

LOCATION / ADDRESS: 46866 Patuxent Road, Lexington Park, St Mary's County DESCRIPTION OF STRUCTURE / PROPERTY: 2 story single family townhome OWNER / OCCUPANT(S): Gyzelle Hernandez INJURIES OR DEATHS: None ESTIMATED $ LOSS: STRUCTURE: $ 20000.00 SMOKE ALARM STATUS: Present FIRE ALARM / SPRINKLER STATUS: None ARREST(S) (IF APPLICABLE): None RESPONDING STATE FIRE MARSHAL(S): DSFM J. Ray #8608 RESPONDING FIRE DEPARTMENT(S): Bay District Volunteer Fire Department & Patuxent Naval Air Station Fire Department # OF ALARMS: 1 # OF FIREFIGHTERS: 14 TIME TO CONTROL: < 5 minutes CONTENTS: $ 5000.00

DISCOVERED BY: Occupant AREA OF ORIGIN: Interior kitchen PRELIMINARY CAUSE: Accidental; due to unattended cooking ASSISTING AGENCIES: ATF FBI MSP OTHER American Red Cross ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The fire occurred when an electric stove was accidently turned on with a pot containing cooking oil on it. The oil was heated and eventually ignited causing the cabinets to ignite. The occupants of the home are being assisted by the American Red Cross. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office would like to remind citizens to keep their stove tops and areas around it clear of all combustible materials and to remove items used for cooking from the stove once the items are cool. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of the State Fire Marshal 443-550-6820