Deadly Elkton fire under investigation

ELKTON - One man is dead after flames spread through a mobile home in Elkton the morning after Christmas.

Around 12:12 a.m. Dec. 26, firefighters were called to the 600 block of Blue Ball Road in Elkton, according to Maryland State Fire Marshals.

The fire claimed the life of 39-year-old Curtis Lee Church who lived at the home, fire officials said. No other injuries were reported.

"Oh god, it was so awful just to hear his mom screaming his name, and his son Curt Lee banging on trying to get in the window just to try to get him out," said Jerri Lisa Urick, a neighbor.  

Firefighters from Elkton, Northeast, Chesapeake City, Charlestown, Perryville and Cochranville, Pa. controlled the fire within 90 minutes, according to state fire marshals.

A spokesman says the fire was most likely accidental.  A neighbor saw a bonfire close to the home about fire hours before, but investigators aren't saying it that's the cause.

"There was an outside fire next to the house that had burnt.  It was like they were having a bonfire.  It was like a black smoky fire but that was it," said Tommy Herron, a neighbor.   

The fire caused about $50,000 damage to the building and what was inside it. The cause of the fire and where it started remain under investigation.

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