The Attorney’s Office said the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Department, Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department, Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, and Baltimore County-Kingsville Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the fire. Three occupants of the third floor, Ernest Lee, Dionne Hill, and Kimberly Shupe, all reportedly died in the fire.
According to the Attorney’s Office, another third-floor victim was able to escape the fire and jumped out of the bedroom window. He reportedly suffered a broken ankle and arm.
The suspect, Bobbie Sue Hodge, and two other basement occupants allegedly escaped the fire safely.
A second-floor occupant, Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, was rescued by fire personnel and transported to an area hospital for treatment of her burns. She died nearly eight months later, on Jan. 22, 2020, the Attorney’s Office said. By the time fire personnel responded to the fire, Kennedy had suffered burns to more than 70 percent of her body, WJZ-TV reports.
Upon further investigation, Hodge was arrested for arson and murder.
The Attorney’s Office announced on Dec. 20 that Hodge was officially sentenced to four consecutive life sentences, plus 20 years.