Propane Explosion May Have Caused Queenstown House Fire

“A massive fire displaced a family of six and destroyed their home and possessions near Queenstown. Two of the family’s three dogs were injured in the blaze. The Red Cross and relatives are helping the family. No injuries to people were reported, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo said the property loss was estimated at $1-million.

The two-story house at 229 Arrington Road was the home of Louis Sullivan and his wife, Kala, and their two daughters and two sons: Carrie 18, Brandon 15, Savanna 11, and Matthew 7. None of the family members were home at the time of the fire, which was discovered by a passing motorist. Volunteer fire departments from Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Caroline Counties put out the blaze. Zurolo said about 85 firefighters responded, and firefighters “”had to tanker water”” to the scene.

Kala Sullivan was at work on Kent Island when the fire broke out, and her husband and their four children were in Annapolis. The family’s three dogs were home. Kala Sullivan said one dog ran into the woods and was not hurt; one dog suffered smoke inhalation; and, one dog had a small burn on his leg.

Sullivan said the response from the volunteer fire departments was overwhelming, the Red Cross was great, and the family had an outpouring of support from friends and neighbors. Zurolo said the cause of the fire is being investigated by state fire marshall’s from the Easton office. Zurolo indicated the explosions may have been caused by propane tanks inside the garage.