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Fires kill fewer people during 2011 in Maryland

January 14, 2012

PIKESVILLE, Md. — The number of fatal fires in Maryland increased in 2011, but fewer people died in those blazes than in 2010, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

There were 56 fatal fires in 2011, compared with 50 in 2010, Maryland State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard said in a news release. Sixty-seven people died in fires in 2011, compared with 71 in 2010, according to the release.

There was one fatal fire in Washington County.

Delbert G. Summerville, 88, of 12809 The Terrace in Hagerstown, died Feb. 23, 2011, one day after being trapped in the basement of his burning home.

Summerville, who was given CPR before being taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and first- and second-degree burns, died of smoke inhalation, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said at the time.

Nine counties experienced no fire fatalities in 2011. They were Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, St. Mary's, Somerset and Talbot.

Baltimore City reported the highest number of fire deaths in 2011 with 17, three fewer than  in 2010. Prince George's County reported 16 fire deaths in 2011, up from seven in 2010.

Anne Arundel County reported one fire death in 2011, after six people died in fatal fires there in 2010.

Statewide fire death data is available at the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal's website at www.firemarshal.state.md.us.

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