CORDOVA, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Alumni Association stepped up to help a Talbot County family whose home was destroyed in a fire Wednesday.

Barbara Gray and four of her family members have been living in a hotel after the fire broke out at her Cordova home, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, which was investigating the fire.

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Investigators reached out to the alumni association to let members know the Grays lost everything, including Christmas gifts for a 12-year-old and a 2-year-old.

Members of the association and the State Fire Marshal’s Upper Eastern Regional Office presented Gray and her family with gift cards and presents on Friday.

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“Hopefully, even if it’s just for a moment, it takes the pressure and takes the pain away of what they’re going through,” Joseph Flanagan, MSFAA President and retired Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal, said in a statement. 

The Cordova Volunteer Fire Company and other departments took about 40 minutes to put out the fire. Everyone inside escaped.

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Investigators determined a heater sparked the fire, which caused more than $200,000 in damages.

Jennifer Donatelli