1 dead in Glen Burnie fire; blazes damage homes in Md. and Va.

Wellham Avenue fire
Fire engines are seen outside a house on Wellham Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland. (Courtesy Anne Arundel County Fire)

Wellham Avenue fire
The cause of the fire that started in the basement of this Glen Burnie house on Wellham Avenue is under investigation. (Courtesy Anne Arundel County Fire)

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Anne Arundel County firefighters are seen on the scene of a fire. Seven people were inside; one died. (Courtesy Anne Arundel County Fire)

One died in the fire in Glen Burnie, Maryland. (Courtesy Anne Arundel County Fire Department))
Firefighters got on the scene quickly after a number of people called 911. (Courtesy Anne Arundel County Fire Department)

apartment fire Bailey's Crossroads
Eight people were rescued from this garden-style apartment in Fairfax County on Jan. 31, 2019. (Courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue)

A homeowner in Germantown came home to a fire Jan. 31, 2019. (Courtesy NBC Washington)

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Wellham Avenue fire
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One died in the fire in Glen Burnie, Maryland. (Courtesy Anne Arundel County Fire Department))
apartment fire Bailey's Crossroads

WASHINGTON — A man is dead and a woman and a 5-year-old boy are in critical condition after a Glen Burnie, Maryland, fire just before midnight Wednesday.

The fire was one of a number of fires that kept Maryland and Virginia firefighters busy early Thursday.

The deadly fire — the cause of which is still unclear — was contained to the basement of 415 Wellham Ave., and brought under control quickly after a number of people called 911 to report the blaze.

“It appears that it started in the basement; it was all contained in the basement. We brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes and it doesn’t look like the fire extended to the first floor at all,” said Anne Arundel County fire spokesman Russ Davies.

All three were rescued from the basement. The man, in his 40s, was in cardiac arrest and died, Davies said. He was pronounced dead at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

The woman, who is 32 years old, was taken by paramedics to the Burn Center at John Hopkins Bayview Hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries. The boy was taken to the pediatric trauma center at John Hopkins Hospital with critical, possibly life-threatening injuries, a news release said.

Four others who were on the first floor sustained minor injuries and were taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Davies said people on the first floor included a 31-year-old man, a 22-year-old woman, a 44-year-old woman and a 3-year-old girl.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by members of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit.

Battling blazes in the winter is more difficult for firefighters.

“Anytime a child is involved it makes it more difficult. And then with the cold, as soon as you start spraying and pumping water, the pavement freezes up; the ladders freeze up; water freezes up on your gear. It just adds an element of difficulty in performing the rescues and providing care and doing extinguishment,” Davies said.

In Fairfax County, Virginia, eight people had to be rescued from balconies of a burning apartment building in Bailey’s Crossroads. All are OK, according to fire department tweets.

The fire started in the 3400 block of Carlin Springs Road shortly after 5:30 a.m.

Fairfax Fire Assistant Chief Herb Knerr said firefighters found “significant” fire from the second to the third floor. About 50 people have been displaced. The cause is still being determined.

In Virginia’s Arlington County, a fire occurred in a ninth-floor apartment in a high rise in the 4300 block of Old Dominion Drive. The fire marshal is investigating the cause.

In Germantown, Maryland, a space heater is to blame for a fire that caused $750,000 of damage at 21331 Emerald Drive.

The fire left one person without a place to live, but there were no serious injuries as a fire burned through the floor. One firefighter fell through a floor and was quickly rescued, according to tweets from Montgomery County fire spokesman Pete Piringer.

In the Herndon area of Fairfax County, two people had to be taken for treatment of smoke inhalation after a fire at a house in the 12100 block of Westwood Hills Drive.

Three people were home when the fire started. All got out safely.

Firefighters were on the scene a little after 6:30 a.m. and had to fire under control two hours later.

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, firefighters responded to a kitchen fire at a house in the 1900 block of Knoll Drive in Oxon Hill. No injuries were reported in the fire around 8:30 a.m. The cause has not been determined.

“It’s no secret that when temperatures go down the number of structure fires go up,” said Prince George’s County fire spokesman Mark Brady.

WTOP’s John Domen contributed to this report.

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