Frostburg State students killed in fire ID'd

UPDATE Dec. 6, 2:02 p.m.: Fire investigators have pinpointed the origin of the blaze that killed two Frostburg State University students on Friday.


Deputy State Fire Marshals ruled a flue pipe leading from a woodstove through the wood framed wall overheated, sparking the blaze which quickly spread to an adjacent apartment and to the second floor.

Firefighters found the bodies of 23-year-old Evan Kullberg and 20-year-old Alyssa Salazar in their second floor apartment. The medical examiner ruled they likely died of smoke inhalation.

Ten other occupants of the building escaped the blaze uninjured.

Fire investigators noted the building did not have working smoke alarms, and was built before 1991, when a state law mandated fire sprinklers.

Funeral services for Salazar are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Woods Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, Md.

UPDATE 1:01 p.m.: FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) Authorities have identified two Frostburg State University students who died in an early-morning blaze in an off-campus apartment building in downtown Frostburg.

A university spokeswoman said Friday the victims are 23-year-old Evan Kullberg of Frostburg and 20-year-old Alyssa Salazar of Annapolis.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch (bowtch) says the victims made two calls to 911 saying they were trapped in a second-floor apartment after another building occupant reported the fire about 4:20 a.m.

Bouch says the fire originated in a first-floor apartment. He says 10 occupants of the five-unit building escaped the blaze.

The building on East Main Street also housed Malino's Pizza Shop. Bouch says Kullberg was a co-owner of the restaurant.

UPDATE 11:29 a.m.: The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials say it doesn’t appear to be suspicious. Ten other people in the building were able to escape, ABC7 News has learned.

UPDATE 10:38 a.m.: ABC7 News has learned the two people killed were students at Frostburg State University.

The university's president Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter released the following statement: 

"I am terribly saddened to inform you that that two of our students perished in an early morning fire on Main Street in Frostburg.

We are awaiting confirmation of the identities of the two victims and to ensure that their families have been notified. In the meantime, please keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers."

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - Maryland fire marshals are trying to identify a young man and woman found dead inside a second-floor apartment above a Frostburg pizza restaurant after an early-morning blaze.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch says the victims were trapped in the rear apartment above Four Star Pizza on East Main Street.

He says the fire was reported at about 4 a.m.

Investigators are also working to determine the cause of the fire.