House Fire on Turkey Point Destroys a Home
A house fire late Monday night in the 1100 block of Hull Drive in Edgewater all but destroyed a single family home. A call to Anne Arundel County Fire Department media relations has not been returned at this time, so official information on damage estimates or injuries were not available. We will bring more information as it becomes available.
Here is what we do know:
The first call came for the house fire on Turkey Point came in the late half of the 10 p.m. hour.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a two-story residence engulfed in flames. A second alarm was called and additional support was sent to the scene.
From the looks of things on Tuesday morning, the home appears to be either a total loss or close to it. There is damage to all exterior walls, the roof and interior walls. In addition, a van parked in the driveway suffered damage from the heat and flames. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to neighboring properties.
Aside from the blaze, Anne Arundel County volunteers and firefighters continued to be busy throughout the night Monday, clearing roadways so that there could be egress into and out of communities barricaded by fallen trees. Withernsea, Glen Isle and Beverly Beach were three such communities.
In general, a drive through South County did not appear to indicate a storm as damaging as the July Derecho windstorm. Fewer trees down, fewer people lost electricity.
National Public Radio (NPR) is reporting 38 deaths from the storm, most in New York (17), some in New Jersey and a few in Pennsylvania. Sandy killed 69 people in the Caribbean before it came ashore near Atlantic City on Monday.
In all, about 90,000 Anne Arundel County homes lost power. By 5 p.m. on Tuesday, all but 34,000 of those were restored.
No word on whether Anne Arundel County Public Schools will reopen on Wednesday. At 11 a.m. the Public Information Office posted to Facebook that a determination would be made based on the number of schools with damage, downed power and/or transportation issues. We will bring details as they become available.