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Firefighters dodge flying bullets at fatal fire

Exploding ammo hampered crews' efforts to rescue a disabled man trapped in the burning home

By Scott Broom

MARYLAND CITY, Md. — Rescuers trying to get to a disabled man trapped in a burning trailer home were met with flying bullets as ammunition stored inside the house exploded on Wednesday morning.

The trapped man was eventually discovered dead inside the home. Fire officials have not released his identity, but neighbors said he was a 55-year old husband, father and grandfather who was disabled. His wife had gone to work.

The fire is being investigated as an accident. Rescuers believe the ammunition was for hunting and was stored inside the house.

After briefly taking cover, rescuers quickly determined they were not under attack and began pouring water on the house quickly, said Lt. Cliff Kooser of the Anne Arundel County Fire Dept.

Neighbors said the fire was so intense, there was little hope of rescuing the trapped man, despite the exploding ammunition.

The fire was reported just after 8 a.m. at 9 Zona St. in the Parkway Village trailer community in Maryland City.

Republished with permission from WUSA9

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