Five-year-old dies in Harford County fire

EDGEWOOD, Md. -  

A five-year-old boy died in an early Friday evening fire in an Edgewood townhouse, according to Harford County Fire Department.
 
A joint investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Maryland State Police is currently underway at the scene of the one-alarm blaze at 1417 Charlestown Drive in Edgewood. The 6:25 p.m. one alarm fire was contained to the basement of the two-story wood frame, center unit townhouse by first arriving firefighters.
 
About 45 firefighters from Joppa, Abingdon, Aberdeen, Aberdeen Proving Grounds and Kingsville Volunteer Fire Departments controlled the blaze within 25 minutes. The home was occupied at the time by the boy, his father and two-year-old sister. The father escaped with his daughter, but was not able to save his son.
 
Investigators have determined the fire originated in the basement of the home. The cause forthe fire remains under investigation at this time. Working smoke alarms were operating at the time of the fire. The body of the victim will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine
the cause of death. T
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