A joint investigation between the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division continues after a house fire claimed the life of a Garrett County man. At around 0900, Deer Park Community Volunteer Fire Department, Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department, and surrounding departments were alerted for a house fire on Upper Green Glade Road in Swanton. Firefighters arrived to heavy fire throughout the two-story home, and it was reported a person was possibly still inside. It took 25 firefighters nearly two hours to control the two-alarm blaze; however, the home eventually collapsed. After several hours, with the assistance of heavy equipment, firefighters and investigators located a 19-year-old victim within the remains. The Red Cross was assisting five other family members who were not home when the fire broke out; upwards of 14 pets also perished in the fire.       

– Submitted by Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal