Flames Attacked by Maryland FFs


OXFORD, MD – A woman jumped from the window of a two-story house here early Tuesday to escape a blaze that also left her mother and daughter injured.

Oxford firefighters found heavy fire blowing from the first-and-second story windows.

An interior attack was launched, but crews retreated as conditions worsened, said Chief Adam Mayock.

Firefighters tackled the fire by entering the house through a side door rather than the front, an effort that proved effective as it didn’t drive the flames through the entire first floor.

They also prevented the fire from spreading to a vehicle in the driveway as well as the house next door.

A girl and her grandmother, who both suffered smoke inhalation and burns, were flown by Maryland State Police helicopters to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. The woman who landed in deep snow after jumping from the window was taken to Memorial Hospital in Easton for a minor foot injury.

The family moved into the High Street house just weeks ago after fire heavily damaged their home at the other end of town. They were not at home when the Dec. 4 blaze started.

That fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a bathroom fan, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Carson Widdoes.

The cause of the pre-dawn fire Tuesday remains under investigation.

The snow and ice-covered street conditions made walking and maneuvering tricky. However, Mayock said no firefighters were injured.

In addition to Oxford, other companies on the two-alarm fire included Trappe, Cordova, St. Michaels and Easton and Talbot County EMS.