LA PLATA, Md. (AP) – Authorities say one person is dead after a motel fire in Maryland.

Officials say the fire broke out late Sunday night at the South Winds Motel in La Plata. Firefighters received a 911 call from a neighbor about 11:20 p.m. Sunday and had the blaze under control in just a few minutes.

A police officer tried to rescue a person in the building but was driven back by smoke and heat.

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