UPDATE: Victim’s Name Released in Fire That Claimed the Life of 50-Year-Old Waldorf Man

July 5, 2018

UPDATE 7/5/2018 @ 2:00 p.m.: Deputy State Fire Marshals are continuing to investigate the fire that took the life of 50 year old David Eugene Cordell on July 3, 2018, at his residence on 2795 Berry Hills Road in Waldorf.

Charles County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the victim’s identification.

The Office of The Chief Medical Examiner currently has the cause of his death as “pending” as they wait on results of additional lab reports.

This is all the information available at this time. Additional information will be released once it becomes available.

UPDATE 7/3/2018 @7:15 p.m.: Deputy State Fire Marshals are conducting an origin and cause investigation of an afternoon fire that occurred in a split level structure located at 2795 Berry Hills Road in Waldorf. The property is owned by Francis Blay and Akosua Ansah Blay. However, the house was a rental and there were two occupants currently living at the residence.

The 911 call was received at approximately 11:48 a.m. from a passerby who discovered the fire. Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department responded to the one alarm fire with with approximately 45 fire personnel from surrounding Departments. It took firefighters approximately 25 minutes to control the fire. The damage caused approximately $300,000 to the structure and approximately $100,000 to the contents. Once the fire was extinguished they found a deceased adult male occupant in the residence. Due to the amount of damage to the structure, it cannot be confirmed if the smoke alarms were working at the time of the fire. The area of origin is in a bedroom and the cause is currently under investigation.

The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. The victim’s name is not being released at this time pending notification.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation’s Division is assisting with the investigation. The Red Cross is assisting the additional occupant.

This is all the information available at this time. Additional information will be released once it becomes available.

7/3/2018: On Tuesday July 3, 2018 at approximately 11:38 a.m., volunteer firefighters from Waldorf, La Plata, and surrounding companies responded to 2795 Berry Hills Road, for the reported structure fire.

Crews arrived on scene to find a 2-story residence with fire showing from the 2nd floor, crews went into an offensive attack in the interior of the home and found heavy fire throughout the residence.

Firefighters found one victim inside the residence and brought them outside to EMS crews, CPR was initiated but the male victim was pronounced deceased on the scene.

One firefighter was assisted out of the residence and was checked by EMS on scene for injuries. One firefighter was assisted out of the residence due to heat exhaustion and was also evaluated by EMS on the scene.

Deputy State Fire Marshals remain on the scene investigating the cause of the incident. Updates will be provided when available

Photos courtesy of Waldorf and LaPlata Volunteer Fire Department.




6 Responses to UPDATE: Victim’s Name Released in Fire That Claimed the Life of 50-Year-Old Waldorf Man

  1. Nick on July 3, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    My condolences to the family of the victim.

    Thank you volunteers. I can’t imagine doing what you do at all, let alone in this heat!

  2. Mikey on July 3, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Its way too hot to have fires like this. When will the heat end. Will it be Friday like people say. It really needs to rain so it van cool us down

    • Willie on July 4, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      So when it’s cold, fires like this are ok??

    • TAG on July 11, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Well the website people wouldn’t publish my last post in response to Mikey……so I’ll clean it up a little……..Mikey, you are the hind part of a baboon.

  3. mark on July 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Mikey, did you really say its too hot to have fires like this????? The weather has nothing to do with it. House was lost and a person died and your worried about the heat. Maybe you should upgrade your system ,and then say a little prayer for the person that died and the 1st responders who put it on the line daily…

  4. Jay Summers on July 6, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Is this the Machinist Dave Cordell ?