County Fire Authorities Continue Probe of Recent Deadly Fires in Pasadena, Glen Burnie

The causes of recent fatal fires in Pasadena and Glen Burnie have yet to be determined and remain under investigation.  

According to a statement by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, firefighters responded to a 911 call from a witness driving by who noticed smoke and fire coming from 410 Summit Avenue, Glen Burnie, on Friday, May 5 (bottom picture) at 6:04 am. Anne Arundel County Fire Department reportedly arrived at the address and observed a single-family 1-story home fully involved with fire and smoke. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and located one deceased adult male during their initial search of the residence, later determined to be 59-year-old Anthony Slough.  

There we no smoked detectors in the home. 

Firefighters responded to a 911 on May 3 (top picture), at 1:09 pm, initiated by neighbors from across Back Creek in Pasadena. Neighbors advised they could see a house on fire from across the water but were unsure the exact location. Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded to the area across the creek to investigate and observed a single-family home, mostly involved with fire and smoke, located at 7973 Central Road, Pasadena, MD 21122.

First arriving crews quickly worked to get the fire under control and search the home. There was an adult male, who was wheelchair bound who was believed to be in the house. Firefighters located the male victim during the initial search and brought him outside where he was pronounced dead on-scene.

The victim was identified as John Salvatore Billing, 54.  Mr. Billing lived in the home with his mother, who was not home at the time of the fire.

More than $40,000 has been raised so far in the GoFundMe started to help Billing's mother, Rosemary 'Roe' Billing.  The fundraiser description said: 

"As many of you already know Roe’s house caught on fire on Wednesday May 3. Unfortunately Roe not only lost her home but also lost her son who was wheelchair bound and did not make it out of the house. I am asking for any donation for Roe to at least help her get some personal items as she has lost everything except the clothes on her back. Let me tell you this woman has a heart ❤️ and is constantly helping others now it is time for us to help her through this horrific time. She is an amazing lady please let’s help her."

Anne Arundel County and Annapolis City Fire Investigators are actively investigating what caused the fire.


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