Baltimore County Police say a 73-year-old man was fatally injured in an apartment fire Monday afternoon in Cockeysville.
Approximately 2 p.m., police, fire and medics were dispatched to a residential fire in the unit block of Athenry Court. At the scene, the first responders located a 73-year-old man in critical condition in a second-floor apartment. They evacuated him from the building and began CPR and treatment.
He was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased. He was later identified as Theodis Pinchback.
The victim’s 77-year-old wife returned home after the fire started. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening medical issues, according to the report.
The majority of kitchen fires are the result of inattention or distraction, states Sam Dordulian, a burn injury lawyer at Dordulian Law Group. Taking your attention off of your cooking equipment to check your phone or talk to a family member can be catastrophic. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 49% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries.
A preliminary investigation led investigators to believe the fire started in the kitchen and was accidental.