Fatal house fire in Waldorf


Board Mommy
PREMO Member
CHARLES COUNTY (July 3, 2018) - Deputy State Fire Marshals are conducting an origin and cause investigation of an afternoon fire that occurred in a split level structure located at 2795 Berry Hills Road in Waldorf. The property is owned by Francis Blay and Akosua Ansah Blay. However, the house was a rental and there were two occupants currently living at the residence.

The 911 call was received at approximately 11:48 a.m. from a passerby who discovered the fire. Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department responded to the one alarm fire with with approximately 45 fire personnel from surrounding Departments. It took firefighters approximately 25 minutes to control the fire. The damage caused approximately $300,000 to the structure and approximately $100,000 to the contents. Once the fire was extinguished they found a deceased adult male occupant in the residence. Due to the amount of damage to the structure, it cannot be confirmed if the smoke alarms were working at the time of the fire. The area of origin is in a bedroom and the cause is currently under investigation.

The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. The victim's name is not being released at this time pending notification.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation's Division is assisting with the investigation. The Red Cross is assisting the additional occupant.

This is all the information available at this time. Additional information will be released once it becomes available.


Board Mommy
PREMO Member
And in Mechanicsville:

Date: July 3, 2018
Time: 4:50 p.m
Location / Address: 39261 Decoy Way, Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County
Type of Incident: House Fire
Description of Structure / Property: Split Level single family dwelling
Owner / Occupants: Garry and Betty Dixon
Injuries or Deaths: None
Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $ 125,000 Contents: $ 50,000
Smoke Alarm Status: Present and activated
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: N/A
Arrests(s): None
Primary Responding Fire Department: Mechanicsville
# of Alarms: One # Of Firefighters: 50
Time to Control: 25 min
Discovered By: Neighbor
Area of Origin: Exterior Deck
Preliminary Cause: Improperly discarded smoking materials
Additional Information: Family has been displaced and are being assisted by other family members.