MCFRS News Release

Firefighters to Revisit Neighborhood of Fatal Fire

Firefighters from Kensington, Fire Station 5, and surrounding areas will be in the historic district of Kensington this evening, Tuesday, May 8, 2007 handing out fire safety literature, talking to area residents about the serious fire that occurred on Monday morning and checking smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire.

Osker Craig Reynolds, age 88 and his wife, Patricia Reynolds, age 84, both of whom were residents of Baltimore Street for 48 years, died in a home fire yesterday. Fire Investigators believe Mr. Reynolds was alerted to the fire and attempted to rescue his wife, while in the midst of the rescue he suffered a fatal cardiac event and fell into an area where the fire was venting thus causing thermal injuries to his body.

Around 2:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2007 units from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to the report of a house fire in the 3900 block of Baltimore Street, in the historic district of Kensington. First arriving units from Kensington, Fire Station 5 and surrounding stations encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from a large two and half story single family home located at 3914 Baltimore Street. Upon arrival of firefighters neighbors reported that they believed the residents were still trapped inside the burning house.

There were NO smoke alarms in the Reynold's home. The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) urge ALL residents to check home smoke alarms on a regular basis.

Recent surveys conducted by fire fighters after serious fires in Montgomery County have found that nearly half, 50%, of the smoke alarms checked did not work. That is alarming! Smoke alarms DO save lives!

Montgomery County residents may schedule a home safety evaluation by calling the Home Safety Hotline@240.777.2476.

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service recommend that homeowners follow these tips to help prevent fires, deaths, and injuries:

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning-a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.

Because fire can grow and spread so quickly, having working smoke alarms in your home can mean the difference between life and death. Once the alarm sounds, you may have as few as two minutes to escape. Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning devices available. Remember, when you change your clock, change your battery.