Greenbelt fire kills one, injures two

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Ben Giles

Updated 4:56 p.m.: An elderly woman ran inside her burning Greenbelt home to warn others, but didn't make it back out alive, according to authorities.

Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady said a woman in her 80s -- whose body firefighters would later recover from the blaze -- had escaped the fire inside her Greenbelt rowhouse but ran back inside to help others escape.

Crews found her body on the first floor of the building, which suffered an estimated $50,000 in damage in the Friday evening fire, according to Brady.

Two other occupants were treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. The woman's name was not released.

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Firefighters responding to the blaze on Laurel Hill Road found fire had spread to the first and second stories of the rowhouse and two injured occupants, a man and woman, who had escaped the fire. Another occupant was reportedly still trapped inside, and firefighters immediately began to search inside the house, according to Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady. They found an elderly woman inside who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Brady.

Firefighters battled the blaze for about 15 minutes and rowhouses on either side of the fire sustained damage -- displacing three adults and two children.

The man and woman who escaped the fire were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The relationship between the three occupants was unknown, Brady said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the elderly woman's body has been sent to the medical examiner's office.

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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