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1 dead, 1 unharmed in Annapolis house fire

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Posted at 5:42 AM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 17:35:29-04

One man is dead and another man escaped unharmed after a house fire broke out in Annapolis early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters said a medic returning from the Anne Arundel Medical Center spotted flames while on the Severn River Bridge around 1:30 a.m. The flames were coming from the northeast side of the bridge, Anne Arundel County Fire officials said. 

Crews responded to the 1700 block of Winchester Road to find a single story, single family house fully engulfed in flames. 

A total of 56 firefighters were able to contain the blaze in about 20 minutes. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation yet the surviving man, identified as Chuck Pearce, told reporters he believes a battery charger may have started it. 

Pearce said the victim was known as Uncle Frank to many people in the area.