Fire Marshal News Briefs

Dwelling Fire Victim Identity Confirmed

CALVERT COUNTY (March 13, 2015) – The District of Columbia Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity of the female victim from the March 9, 2015 dwelling fire. Carol S. Hausmann, age 68, succumbed to injuries she received during a fire inside her home located at 7650 Lake Shore Drive in Owings. Although valiant efforts were made by local off-duty firefighters to revive her at the scene, her injuries were too great for her to be able to survive her smoke inhalation injuries and she died at Medstar Washington Hospital.

The 10:30 a.m. incident brought firefighters from Dunkirk, North Beach, Huntington, Prince Frederick, and multiple Anne Arundel County fire departments to the scene. The home was heavily damaged and collapsed during on-scene operations. Damage to structure and contents has been estimated at nearly $350,000. The cause for the fire remains under investigation.

Local Man Receives Life Threatening Burn Injuries

CHARLES COUNTY (March 17, 2015) – Deputy State Fire Marshals responded to 7975 Oakwood Lane in Pomfret after an adult male received serious burn injuries to his upper torso. Investigators determined Leonard Painter, age 64, was receiving medical oxygen therapy while smoking when the oxygen enriched atmosphere ignited in flames and caused the victim’s clothing to catch on fire. The victims’ wife located her husband and evacuated him to the exterior of the dwelling with the assistance of Charles County Sheriff’s Office Deputies where he could receive initial treatment by first arriving EMS units. He was quickly transported to Medstar Washington Hospital via Maryland State Police Aviation in critical condition. The victims’ wife, Carla Painter, was transported to Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor smoke inhalation injuries.

The 7:58 p.m. incident brought nearly 50 firefighters to the one alarm fire from La Plata, Bryans Road, Waldorf, Potomac Heights, Accokeek, Marbury, Indian Head, Bel Alton, and Naval District Washington fire departments. The fire was quickly contained to the room of origin within five minutes. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $80,000.

Tatoo Parlor Destroyed by Fire

CHARLES COUNTY – Noah Ryan’s Custom Tattoo, located at 9125 Crain Highway, Bel Alton, Charles County, was destroyed by fire on March 14 at approximately 4:41 a.m. Forty-five firefighters from Bel Alton, La Plata, Newburg, Waldorf, Potomac Heights, Bryans Road and Marbury VFD’s took approximately 20 minutes to control the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire originated inside the tattoo parlor which was completely destroyed. The other two businesses in the building sustained smoke damage.

Damages are estimated to be $250,000 for the structure and $150,000 for the contents.

The fire was discovered by occupant Ryan Graham. The business is owned by Larry Edwards.

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