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Investigators may never know what caused Fairview Road fire

Identification of human remains to take at least a few weeks if not longer

June 23, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Authorities may never know what started a May 27 house fire on Fairview Road in the Cearfoss area where investigators later found human remains, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
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Authorities may never know what started a May 27 house fire on Fairview Road in the Cearfoss area where investigators later found human remains, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

Investigators are having difficulty determining what started the fire because of the extent of damage to the house, said Bruce Bouch, a spokesman for the fire marshal's office.

Debris ended up collapsed in the bottom of the structure during the fire, Bouch said.

The best fire investigators may be able to do in finding a possible cause for the blaze is to pose several hypotheses. Investigators will then narrow down those hypotheses in an attempt to come up with a solution, Bouch said.

The human remains are being examined at the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore in an attempt to determine the person's identity, Bouch said.

He said authorities were told it would take a few weeks to identify the remains but it could take longer.

  An investigation into the cause of the fire at 15219 Fairview Road took an unexpected turn June 7 when investigators found human remains in the ruins, officials said.

  The remains were found while Investigators from the state fire marshal's office and an insurance company were removing debris at the scene, according to the state fire marshal's office.

  Maugansville Fire Chief William Garrett said the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at 5:10 a.m. May 27.

  Robin McMullen, who leased the house, told authorities that no one should have been in the home when it burned, Bouch said.   

McMullen was in Iowa for a training class when the fire occurred, Bouch said.

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