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One person dies in Brunswick fire

December 19, 2010

BRUNSWICK, Md. — A Brunswick man died and three others were injured in a house fire Saturday night in Brunswick, according to news releases from the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.


Firefighters found the deceased— identified Sunday as James Franklin Fox, 56 — in his house as they began to fight the fire, police said.


The fire, at 906 East C St. in Brunswick, was reported at 7:32 p.m. Saturday through numerous 911 calls, police said. Brunswick is in southwestern Frederick County, Md., east of Sandy Hook.


The medical examiner in Baltimore conducted an autopsy Sunday and determined Fox’s death to be accidental and the result of smoke inhalation, police said.

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According to preliminary findings, the fire started at the chimney, a news release states.


A Brunswick police officer and a civilian were injured while trying to find a resident of the home, police said. A firefighter also was injured. Police said none of the injuries was life-threatening as of Saturday night and the names of the injured were not released.


The injured police officer was taken by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., for smoke inhalation and was expected to be released from the hospital on Sunday, police said.


The injured civilian and firefighter were taken to Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital for precautionary checkups, police said.


Damage to the house was estimated at $100,000, police said.


The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation, Brunswick Police, Office of the State Fire Marshal and Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting a joint investigation of the cause, origin and death.


Twelve fire companies, including ones from Loudoun County, Va., and Jefferson County, W.Va., responded to the fire, police said. The fire was brought under control in approximately 34 minutes from the time of dispatch, police said.

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