An overnight fire claimed the lives of three Cambridge residents, including an 8-year-old child, and sent two more people to an Eastern Shore hospital.
The Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal said the Rescue Fire Company responded to the 400 block of High Street in Cambridge around 12:22 a.m. Thursday after a neighbor called 911 to report the blaze.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find “severe fire conditions” inside a three-story brick structure that housed two apartments.
The blaze reached three alarms and several more surrounding fire departments were summoned to help, according to a news release. It took roughly 75 firefighters about 90 minutes to get the flames under control.
An 8-year-old child, 18-year-old woman and 41-year-old man died in the fire. Their bodies will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore so that their exact cause of death can be determined.
A 31-year-old woman with serious injuries was also taken by ambulance to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury. The fire marshal’s office said she will be flown to Baltimore for more advanced treatment.
A Cambridge police officer and Maryland state trooper helped an 11-year-old girl get down from a landing she’d escaped onto through a second-story window. The child was also taken to TidalHealth in Salisbury where she was treated for minor injuries and then released.
Deputy state fire marshals from the Lower Eastern Region along with members of the Cambridge Police Department are investigating the fire’s cause.