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Updated: Crisfield House Fire That Killed 3 Ruled Accidental

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Site of Saturday's Deadly Fire in Crisfield. (Photo: WBOC) Site of Saturday's Deadly Fire in Crisfield. (Photo: WBOC)

CRISFIELD, Md.- Authorities say an electrical malfunction is to blame for a Saturday morning house fire in Crisfield that claimed the lives of three people, including a teenager and an infant.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office the fire originated in the living room of the first floor of the home, located in the 26000 block of Johnson Creek Road. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental. Investigators determined the fire started as a result of a malfunction within the dwelling’s electrical system and more particularly a failure within an electrical receptacle located behind a sofa which was situated along the dwelling’s front wall.

Investigators determined that 44-year-old Jennifer L. Cooper, 16-year-old Angelina N. Pinkston and a 5-month-old Kaiden A. Pace, all perished from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. Multiple family pets were also reported by fire officials to have succumbed to injuries caused by the fire.

Paul Pinkston is Angelina Pinkston's father and said he got the news early Saturday morning.

"I got a knock on the door that the fire had taken place and I had already lost my daughter and her mother.  I jumped out of bed, and I live just down the road on the same street, and ran up here," said Pinkston.

Pinkston said his daughter and her mother, Cooper, were babysitting the 5-month-old baby for a family friend.  He added that his daughter had just recently attended homecoming at her high school.

"Angelina, she was a firecracker.  Nothing could stop her if there was something that she really wanted to do, she would argue with you to the teeth to get it done," said Pinkston.

The early morning blaze was called into the Somerset County Emergency Operations Center at 6:26 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2016. The fire brought approximately 50 firefighters from Crisfield and mutual aid departments. Fire crews worked approximately 90 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Damage estimates to the structure and contents are $80,000.

No smoke alarms were located during the investigation, authorities said.


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