STEVENSVILLE — A Bay City homeowner suffered second-degree burns and three pets died in a fire that destroyed an attached garage Sunday night, Aug. 4.

Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 807 Chesapeake Drive at 9:10 p.m. and found the garage fully involved.

KIVFD Assistant Chief Paul Schlotterbeck said firefighters were able to primarily contain the fire to the garage, though there was some extension and smoke damage to the one-story, single family house.

The Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal identified the homeowners as James and Robin Brenholtz. Both sustained injuries during the fire.

The man sustained second-degree burns to both hands and was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment, the fire marshal’s office said. He was reported in stable condition Monday morning and by Monday evening was no longer a patient at the burn center, according to a hospital spokesman.

The woman was also injured; she sustained burns to her feet, Schlotterbeck said. She was treated and released at the scene.

The Brenholtzes discovered and reported the fire. Schlotterbeck said they may have received their burns attempting to rescue their cats and fight the fire before the fire department arrived. Three family cats perished in the fire.

It took 30 firefighters about 30 minutes to control the blaze, according to the fire marshal’s report.

KIVFD was assisted by Grasonville, United Communities, and Queenstown volunteer fire departments, a ladder truck from Anne Arundel County and Queen Anne’s County Emergency Medical Services, Schlotterbeck said.

The fire marshal’s office estimated damages at $275,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents. A smoke alarm was present, but it is unknown if it activated, the fire marshal’s office said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Upper Eastern Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-822-7609.

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