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Maryland retailer dies during early morning fire at shop

Published December 12, 2022

WESTMINSTER, Md. (BRAIN) — White's Bicycles owner Bradley White was killed when his shop caught fire early Monday morning. He was 55.

According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Westminster Fire Department — and other departments from Carroll, Baltimore, York, and Adams counties — responded to a building fire at 5:18 a.m. When firefighters arrived at White's Bicycles, which has 10 apartments above the shop, they started rescuing tenants. Overall, 30 tenants, including those from the adjoining apartments above Johansson's Dining House, escaped without injury.

Eventually, firefighters found White, pulled him out, and began CPR before he was taken to Carroll Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

The State Fire Marshal and Westminster Police Department are working to determine the fire's cause. Investigators said they have preliminarily determined it originated from within the office of the shop. Investigators also said White was living inside the shop.

Investigators said the building was equipped with an automated fire sprinkler, but the office didn't have coverage. Once the fire spread, it was extinguished by sprinklers, investigators said.


Photo credit — Carroll Fire News

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