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.READ MORE: Report Card Shows Maryland Is Unprepared For Damage Inflicted By Climate Change
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.READ MORE: Ravens And Defensive Coordinator Don 'Wink' Martindale Agree To Part Ways, Harbaugh Says
“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.MORE NEWS: Police: Student Shot At Montgomery County School, Suspect In Custody
Investigators determined a heater sparked the fire, which caused more than $200,000 in damages.
A Deputy State Fire Marshal knew he had to step in after investigating a house fire last week and discovering the family lost everything, including all of their Christmas gifts.
— Maryland State Fire Marshal (@MarylandOSFM) December 17, 2021