By Ben Weathers
CROWNSVILLE, Md. — A two-alarm house fire Monday evening in Crownsville sent a 75-year-old man to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and displaced three other residents, county fire officials said.
Firefighters were dispatched to the 1300 block of Generals Highway shortly before 6:30 p.m. The first units to arrive reported smoke coming from the rear of the single-story home, fire department spokesman Division Chief Michael Cox said.
Fire crews also received reports of people possibly trapped inside the home and requested assistance. Firefighters initiated a search-and-rescue operation while battling the fire inside the home, Cox said.
Firefighters found the 75-year-old man and pulled him from the residence. The man was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis by ambulance, Cox said.
It took 75 firefighters from the county, the city of Annapolis and the Naval Academy about an hour to bring the blaze under control, Cox said.
The Red Cross was called to assist three other adults who were displaced by the fire.
The fire, which investigators believe was caused by some sort of electrical malfunction, resulted in an estimated $75,000 in damage.
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