UPDATE: Running Propane Heater Explodes In Vehicle While Traveling Down Great Mills Road

February 24, 2015

UPDATE 2/24/15: The Office of the State Fire Marshal issued the following release.
Deputy State Fire Marshal’s are investigating the cause of an accidental flash fire inside a vehicle during the transport of a 20 lb propane tank. Margaret Reese (47) and Stacy Goode (37) were returning home at approximately 5:30 p.m. on February 23, 2015, when the incident occurred inside the 2004 Jeep Liberty.

The flash fire caused both women 1St and 2nd degree burns to their upper torsos, arms and faces.

Stacy Goode got out of the vehicle and performed stop, drop and roll techniques to extinguish the flames on her person and waited for an ambulance in the area of 21726 Great Mills Road while Margaret Reese continued to her home approximately a 1/2 mile away at 21436 Ritz Drive in Lexington Park to tend to the children that were alone at her dwelling.

Both victims were treated by EMS staff from the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department and Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad before being flown by MSP Aviation to MedStar Burn Center where they were treated and released for non-life threatening burn injuries.

The specific cause for the flash fire remains under investigation at this time. The vehicle received an estimated $1,500 in damage to the interior.

jeep22/23/2015: On Monday, February 23, 2015, at approximately 5:35 p.m., firefighters from Bay District volunteer fire department and members from the Lexington Park volunteer rescue squad responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Great Mills Road in the area of St. Mary’s Lighting.

While firefighters were attempting to locate the vehicle fire they located an adult female suffering from severe burns to her face, hands and arms in the parking lot of the Exxon gas station.

Investigation revealed the injured woman was a passenger that had jumped out of a moving vehicle while on Great Mills Road in the area of F.D.R Boulevard after a propane heater they were using to warm the interior of the vehicle exploded.

The adult female driver continued driving after the explosion while parts of the interior of the vehicle were still on fire and continued down Great Mills Road to Ritz Drive where she stopped at a residence and called for an ambulance for her burn injuries.

Both women were transported by ambulances to Millison Plaza where they were met by medics from Maryland State Police Trooper 7 and then flown to an area burn center with serious injuries.

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