3 who died in Severn house fire ID’d

The fire in the house on Stone Hearth Road in Severn, Maryland, broke out late Saturday night. Two people who died were residents of the group home operated by Arundel Lodge. One was an employee. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The fire in the house on Stone Hearth Road in Severn, Maryland, broke out late Saturday night. Two people who died were residents of the group home operated by Arundel Lodge. One was an employee. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF) (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The Severn, Maryland, home had working smoke alarms. Four people inside the house were able to escape. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The Severn, Maryland, home had working smoke alarms. Four people inside the house were able to escape. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF) (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting the investigation into the cause of the fire. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting the investigation into the cause of the fire. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF) (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting the investigation into the cause of the fire. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting the investigation into the cause of the fire. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF) (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
Three people are dead following an overnight fire in a house used as a group home in Severn, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. (WTOP/Ralph Fox)
Three people are dead following an overnight fire in a house used as a group home in Severn, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. (WTOP/Ralph Fox) (WTOP/Ralph Fox)
Captain Russ Davies of the Anne Arundel Fire Department described the fire as “heavy,” and said it was located near the rear of the house. (WTOP/Ralph Fox)
Captain Russ Davies of the Anne Arundel Fire Department described the fire as “heavy,” and said it was located near the rear of the house. (WTOP/Ralph Fox) (WTOP/Ralph Fox)
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The fire in the house on Stone Hearth Road in Severn, Maryland, broke out late Saturday night. Two people who died were residents of the group home operated by Arundel Lodge. One was an employee. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The Severn, Maryland, home had working smoke alarms. Four people inside the house were able to escape. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting the investigation into the cause of the fire. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting the investigation into the cause of the fire. (Courtesy Baltimore ATF)
Three people are dead following an overnight fire in a house used as a group home in Severn, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. (WTOP/Ralph Fox)
Captain Russ Davies of the Anne Arundel Fire Department described the fire as “heavy,” and said it was located near the rear of the house. (WTOP/Ralph Fox)

WASHINGTON — The Anne Arundel County Fire Department has identified the three people who died in a house fire over the weekend in Severn, Maryland.

Walter McCardell, 61, and William Garcia, 44, were both residents of the group home in the 7900 block of Stone Hearth Road. Barbara Brown, 65, was an employee.

The group home was operated by the Arundel Lodge, a nonprofit that operates several programs for people with behavioral health disorders.

The fire department said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Firefighters responded to the home about 10:45 p.m. Saturday after receiving several 911 calls, authorities said. The house had working smoke alarms and four other residents were able to escape. Firefighters said they encountered heavy fire coming from the back of the house.

About 45 firefighters responded to the house and put out the fire in about an hour.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting with the investigation into the fire’s cause. The department asked anyone with photos or videos of the fire — especially before firefighters arrived — to contact the department at 410-222-TIPS.

The three deaths are the first fire-related deaths in Anne Arundel County this year, the fire department said.


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