CARROLL COUNTY, MD (November 22, 2014) – A team of investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office are actively working to determine the cause for the fire and death of the homeowner at 1299 Naugahyde Road in Westminster. The 12:46 p.m. blaze on Friday, November 21, 2014, was initially called in by the homeowner, Gordon Edwin Fisher Jr. (75), and the phone was disconnected shortly afterward.
The neighbor, a retired Baltimore County firefighter and a Carroll County Deputy Sheriff arrived first and located the victim in cardiac arrest, at the front door of the 1½ story Cape Cod style dwelling with attached garage. They quickly removed Mr. Fisher to the exterior and initiated CPR. An EMS crew arrived from Westminster Fire Department and continued treatment; however Paramedics were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive the victim.
Nearly 40 firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Hampstead, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Manchester, Taneytown and Arcadia Volunteer Fire Departments brought the fire under control within 45 minutes after arrival. First arriving crews found the garage and a portion of the home next to the garage, fully engulfed in flames. No other injuries were reported during the incident.
The body of the victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for determination of cause of death. The origin and cause for the fire remain under investigation at this time. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated at nearly $250,000.