Authorities Identify Man Killed In Elkton Fire, Cause Of Death

Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshals have identified the man killed in the December 5, 2018, structure fire, at 929 Blake Road in Elkton as 53-year-old Michael F. Stamper.

Officials said the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner has determined the cause of his death to be smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.

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Elkton, Md. – Deputy State Fire Marshals are conducting an investigation into an early morning fire that occurred yesterday in a residential outbuilding located in the 900 block of Blake Road in Elkton.

At approximately 3:16 a.m.  911 received a call from a neighbor who discovered the fire. Firefighters from Cecil County, Pennsylvania and Delaware assisted Singerly Fire Company with the two-alarm fire.

It took 30 fire personnel approximately 45 minutes to control the fire. Once the fire was extinguished, an adult victim was located inside the structure, deceased, according to officials.

Authorities said there was no evidence of working smoke detectors at the time of the fire. The origin and cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Total damages are estimated at approximately $65,000.

The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine the identification of the victim and for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The Maryland State Police Criminal Investigation’s Division is conducting the death investigation.


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