Nine Firefighters Injured in Maryland Blaze

By Peter DePaolis

A 10,000 square foot burning mansion injured nine firefighters last month in Huntingtown. Someone reported chimney fire at the residence shortly before midnight. When firefighters arrived, they discovered smoke from the second floor and that the fire had spread to the attic. Visibility quickly went down to zero and the blaze trapped nine firefighters on the second floor.

Some of the trapped crew jumped from windows, while others ran through the walls to escape the flames. Paramedics on the scene began treating the firefighters immediately. Two of them suffered serious injuries and rescue workers transported them by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center. One firefighter suffered severe respiratory burns in addition to second-degree burns on his hand, neck and face.

The other seriously injured firefighter is reportedly in stable condition with second-degree burns also to his hand, neck and face. Paramedics transported the remaining seven firefighters to Calvert Memorial Hospital where doctors examined and released them.

Investigators are still determining the fire’s cause. The mansion is a total loss.

Residential fires can have many causes and contribute to severe burn injuries. When another person is responsible for the fire, you may have a legal claim against him or her, and a Maryland personal injury lawyer can help you. Contact the Maryland personal injury law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis. Justin Beall is an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can discuss your injury claim with you.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.