Woman dies in Mount Airy fire -- Gazette.Net


A woman died in a fire that caused $30,000 in damages to a Mount Airy home Sunday evening, according to authorities.

Fire and rescue crews responded to the house in the 1200 block of Moxton Drive just before 7 p.m., after receiving reports of smoke coming from the home, according to a news release from the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services.

Rescue crews reported seeing smoke coming from the attic when they arrived at the scene. While searching on the second floor for occupants of the house, firefighters found a woman in a closed bedroom, fire officials said in the release.

There were working smoke alarms on the second floor. The woman, whose name has not been released, was the only person inside the house during the fire, the release said.

Her body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, where an autopsy will be performed.

The Frederick County Fire Investigation Task Force is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

The task force includes representatives from the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office and Frederick County Sheriff Office’s Bureau of Investigations.

The woman is the third death in the county this year caused by fire.

In January, two sisters were killed in a fast-moving house fire in Myersville. Sophie P. Lillard, 6, and Madigan G. Lillard, 3, died of smoke inhalation during the blaze, which was ruled accidental.

Investigators determined that a baseboard heater in the home’s living room caught draperies on fire, and that smoke alarms in the home were not working the night of the fire.