Cumberland Times-News

April 24, 2013

Frostburg woman critically burned in mobile home fire

Two other family members also suffer injuries

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — Sixty-three-year-old Patsy Porter was listed in critical condition Wednesday following a Tuesday night fire that destroyed a mobile home at 56 Green Street, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Porter suffered severe burns to the upper torso and face and was treated initially at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center before being transferred to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore.

The 10 p.m. Tuesday fire also injured Glenn Porter, 62, and Maria Porter, 52, who were both treated at the Cumberland hospital. Their injuries stemmed from smoke inhalation and were said to be not of a life-threatening nature.

The occupants were alerted to the fire by working smoke alarms, according to the fire marshal’s office.

The origin and cause of the fire remains under investigation by fire investigators who responded to the incident late Tuesday.

The fire consumed the mobile home where it originated and also caused exterior heat damage to two adjacent mobile homes.

Nearly 50 firefighters from Frostburg, Shaft, Midland, LaVale, Cresaptown, Clarysville and Mount Savage responded to the incident along with Frostburg and Mount Savage ambulances. Potomac Edison personnel were also sent to the scene.

The fire was reported at 9:48 p.m. in a 911 call to the Allegany County emergency center. Reports to the emergency center from the scene indicated the fire was fully extinguished as of 10:42 p.m.

The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region assisted the victims, providing financial assistance to replace food, clothing and other necessities that were destroyed in the blaze.

Red Cross caseworkers will continue to follow up with the family until all their immediate needs have been met, according to Red Cross official Douglas Lent.