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Smoke, Heat Killed Man in U Way Fire

The Deputy State Fire Marshal's Office issued a statement Friday providing details about Thursday's fatal fire in Havre de Grace.

An 86-year-old man killed Thursday in a Webster Village house fire died from smoke inhalation and heat-related injuries, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Around 4:37 a.m. Thursday, George Michael Scott, 86, was the only person inside the home on the 4100 block of U Way in Havre de Grace when a neighbor reported smoke and flames coming from the back of the house, Deputy State Fire Marshal spokesman Oliver Alkire said in a statement.

More than 50 firefighters arrived to battle the blaze, which started in the second-floor bedroom where Scott was found, according to the statement. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completed an autopsy Friday that indicated smoke inhalation and thermal injuries caused his death, the statement said.

Two firefighters were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries, according to the Deputy State Fire Marshal's Office.

Crews from Level Volunteer Fire Company, Susquehanna Hose Company, Aberdeen, Bel Air and Port Deposit helped put out the fire. The Office of the State Fire Marshal was still investigating its cause as of Friday.

Smoke alarms were on the first floor but were not found on the second floor of the Cape Cod-style home, reported the fire marshal.

Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barrack estimated $200,000 in damage to the home.

See Also:

  • 86-Year-Old Man Died in Havre de Grace House Fire
  • Fire in Webster Village Kills One
  • Crews Respond to Fire in Webster Village

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