MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A woman was pronounced dead after a fire broke out at a home in Millersville Friday morning.

Firefighters from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department were called to the home in the 800 block of Generals Highway around 10:35 a.m. Heavy fire was seen from the first and second floors with a report of one resident trapped inside.

“(There was) black smoke, firetrucks at the home out there, a lot of fire trucks,” neighbor Bill Crispens said.

Once firefighters got to the scene, they immediately began working to bring the flames under control.

“Our firefighters were able to make an aggressive interior attack, locate the female victim, remove that victim and pull her out,” Anne Arundel County Fire Capt. Erik Kornmeyer said.

The woman died at the scene. Fire officials identified her on Monday as Helen Collins, 76.

Kornmeyer said the home began to collapse due to the extent of the fire, calling the building a total loss.

Firefighters were able to put out the flames in around an hour.

Three other people who lived in the home were not around at the time the blaze broke out.

Generals Highways was closed between Veterans and Indian Landing Road.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Stetson Miller

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