GAMBRILLS, Md. (WJZ)– Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire in the Gambrills area of Anne Arundel County around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
The fire was reported by a passer-by, who tried unsuccessfully to alert the residents of the duplex.
When Anne Arundel County firefighters arrived, they forced their way into the duplex to find a female victim unconscious and unresponsive.
The patient, estimated to be in her 70s, suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the incident. After receiving medical attention from the fire department paramedics, she was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.
If the cause of death is determined to be fire related, this will be the fourth fire death in the county for 2012.
More than 40 firefighters from Anne Arundel County, Fort George G. Meade, and the BWI Airport Fire Departments worked about 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control. The fire, which originated on the first floor of the duplex, caused an estimated $80,000 in damages.
The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. No working fire detectors were found in the house.
All residents are encouraged to ensure that they have operating smoke detectors in their homes and that they test these devices on a regular basis.