ST. MICHAELS, Md.- Authorities say a man is dead after an overnight fire in St. Michaels.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said the call for the single-story house fire at 228 North St. came in at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Approximately 35 firefighters from the St. Michaels, Easton and Tilghman Island volunteer fire companies responded to the fire, with flames coming out of the bedroom. It took firefighters approximately 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The remains of an adult male victim were discovered by firefighters in the bedroom while the fire was being put out.
The remainder of the home suffered heat and smoke damage throughout. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $45,000.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the identity and cause of death of the victim. Investigators said an alert neighbor notified 911 and summoned the fire departments to the scene.
One working smoke alarm was found on a countertop in the kitchen. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation by both the State Fire Marshal's office and the St. Michaels Police Department.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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