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UPDATED: Unattended Cooking Causes Cambridge Fire

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The fire occurred at this apartment house located on Church Street in Cambridge. (Photo: WBOC) The fire occurred at this apartment house located on Church Street in Cambridge. (Photo: WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Authorities blame unattended cooking for an apartment fire in Cambridge that left one person injured.

According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire happened around midnight Monday at 801A Church Street. An occupant of the apartment suffered burns and was transported to Dorchester General Hospital for treatment, according to investigators.

The Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire caused an estimated $75,000 in damage to the structure and another $10,000 in damage to the contents of the apartment.

There were no active smoke alarms in the apartment at the time of the fire, investigators said.

On Monday, WBOC caught up with some of the families who lost their homes in the fire. 

The smell of smoke hangs in the air.  It's a reminder to the four families now without a home, that almost everything they own, has been lost.

Alice Ash lived in the end apartment, farthest from the fire.  But her apartment was still ruined by smoke.

"I thank god that we got out in time," said Ash. "But it's a sad moment, because nothing has ever happened to me like this."

The fire came as a surprise to everyone.  Neighbors say one man was asleep at the time of the fire, and came out with burns on his back.  They saw him in the streets as smoke began to pour out of the windows.

"I guess somebody fell asleep, he got burned up. He asked to use my phone, and I let him use my phone to call the fire department," said neighbor Christopher Baltimore.

"Police knocked on the door and said you all have to get out there's a fire there's a fire," said one of the building's tenants, Dontray Cornish.  "When I turned around all I could see was black smoke, so I told my wife we've gotta go."

The Red Cross has put Dontray's family, and the other three families, up in a hotel for a few nights.  Now, they have to start thinking about how to rebuild their lives.

"My TVs, my furniture, stuff like that, my clothes. So I don't really have anything," said Ash.

"It takes a lot to build back up you know?  Especially because the economy now, you know everything isn't peaches and cream.  It takes a lot to build back up, it's going to take time," said Cornish.

Maryland State Fire Marshals are still investigating.
 

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