Windows are broken. Hearts are shattered. A neighbor tried to save the man inside. He was too torn to talk to us, but Mary Stone knows what he did just after 1 a.m.
"One neighbor that lives right next door to him was yelling there's somebody in there, there's somebody in there, you need to get in there because he tried to go in there and was unsuccessful because of the smoke," said Stone.
It was too late, even for firefighters. The home, located on East Marshall Ave. in Deale, seemed to burn from the backside first. There's a chimney, but investigators with the Anne Arundel Co. Fire Dept. don't know the cause just yet.
Neighbors kept trying to sound the alarm since there were no working smoke detectors.
"He kept trying to go back to the windows and tried to help, you know, yell for him for the person that was in the home," said Stone.
There were no hydrants in the area, so the first responders needed some help. Eighty firefighters from Anne Arundel, Calvert and Prince George's Counties and Annapolis City all came in to help knock down the fire.
It took about 30 minutes to knock down the fire, too long to save the man inside. Wayne Knopp knows him.
"He was a big sailor, liked to sail," said Knopp.
The victim's home is across from the Owings Beach community pier. On Thursday, the details of the deadly fire wash away the beauty of the waterfront community.
"My prayers are with them, and I hope they can get through this," said Stone.
The victim's name has not been released. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but we are told it does not appear suspicious.