ABERDEEN, Md. — A firefighter was injured while battling a fire in Aberdeen early Monday morning and now five people are without a home and their pet animals.
Just before 3 a.m., the Aberdeen Fire Department responded to flames in the 1300 block of N. Stepney Road. The fire was under control by 3:30, but while firefighters were clearing the house and checking for occupants a mayday was called.
Officials say one of the firefighters fell through the floor and was rescued minutes later. The firefighter has minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
Nobody was in the house at the time of the fire, but three dogs, two cats, and a guinea pig did not make it out alive. The five adults that live in the house have now been displaced because of the extent of damage to the home. They will be helped by the American Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.