UPDATE: Woman Dies in Chapelgate House Fire
Firefighters say one teenager escaped from a second-story window.
UPDATE (9 a.m. Thursday)— A woman died Wednesday night after a fire struck a duplex in the Chapelgate section of Odenton.
Officials from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department confirmed that the woman, approximately 92 years old, was found dead inside the home in the 1300 block of Tenbrook Road. One other person, a 15-year-old boy, escaped after jumping from a second-story window.
Units first responded at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and it took 25 firefighters 30 minutes to get the blaze under control, according to a press release.
Firefighters found the victim unresponsive on the first floor of the building and pulled her out, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Additional information on the person who died was not available as officials worked to notify family members.
The fire department said investigators were still working to determine the cause of the fire, but that it caused about $150,000 in damages.
The Red Cross was notified to assist four people displaced by the fire.
The fire department said smoke alarms in the house were operational.
Neighbors said the house was occupied by at least one woman who they knew to be blind.
If the woman's death is officially ruled to be fire-related, it will be the sixth in the county this year.
Get local stories and breaking news alerts delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here.