Fire Press Release - November 13, 2023

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Fatal Residential Structure Fire Glen Burnie, MD

Date: Monday, November 13, 2023
Time: 12:52 am
Location/Address: 222 Carroll Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Type of Incident: Fatal Residential Structure Fire
Description of Structure/Property: 1-store residential home.
Injuries or Deaths: One fire fatality- The homeowner, Alfred Berge, 63 years of age, D.O.B. 6/15/1960.
Estimated Dollar Loss: $154,500
Smoke Alarm Status: Unknown
Assisting Fire Departments: Fort Meade Fire and Emergency Services, Annapolis City Fire/Arson and Explosives Unit.
Other Agencies: Anne Arundel County Police Department, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 
Number of Alarms: Working Fire Dispatch, 1 Alarm
Number of Responding Firefighters: 57 
Time to Control: 68 minutes 
Discovered By: Neighbors
Area of Origin: Rear of the home - Living Room
Preliminary Cause: Accidental - Under Investigation by Anne Arundel County Fire Investigation Unit.
Anne Arundel County Fire Department Communications Center received multiple 911 calls of a residential fire this morning at approximately 12:52 a.m. Callers advised that they could see flames coming from a residential home at 222 Carroll Road in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Additional information advised that the homeowner was believed to have been home.
Firefighters arrived at the location approximately six minutes after the initial 911 call. Firefighters reported a 1-story residential structure well involved in fire.
After an extensive search of the dwelling, one victim, Alfred Berge, was located inside the rear of the residence by firefighters. Mr. Berge was pronounced deceased on the scene by fire/medical crews. Alfred Berge was 63 years old and is believed to be the only occupant.
It took firefighters approximately one hour to get the fire under control.
The fire is believed to be accidental in nature, with the area of origin in the rear living room of the home. The specific cause of the fire is under investigation by Anne Arundel County Fire Investigators.
As temperatures continue to drop outside, the risk of fires increases. Remember to reduce fire risk in your home by having your chimney inspected and ensuring your smoke detectors are in working order. For a full list of fire prevention tips, visit our AACoFD - Public Education website. You can follow us on social media @aacofd or click on the links at the bottom of this page.
This is the sixth fire fatality in the county this year. The following is a list of the other five fatalities in the County since January of 2023:
  • October 14, 2023 - Kathleen Lewis, 64, died from injuries sustained during a fire at her home.
  • May 3, 2023 - John S. Billing, 54, died from injuries sustained during a fire at his home. The home did have working smoke alarms.
  • May 5, 2023 - Anthony Slough, 59, died from injuries sustained during a fire at a home he was living in. The home did not have smoke detectors.
  • June 5, 2023- Mark A. Harvey, 50, died from injuries sustained due to the fire he intentionally set during a police-related incident. 
  • Saturday, June 10, 2023 - Marianne Forrest, 64, died from injuries sustained during a fire at her home.

Burned House