SALISBURY, Md. (AP/WJZ) — The Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal says that two people died in a house fire in Salisbury.

A news release Saturday from the office said that passersby called 911 around 3 a.m. when they saw the house on fire. Authorities say the house had been converted into seven individual apartments.

READ MORE: Three Killed, Including Safe Streets Worker, In East Baltimore Quadruple Shooting

Photo Credit: Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

The Salisbury Fire Department responded and it took 35 firefighters about 40 minutes to control the fire.

The victims appear to be a 62-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman who lived in separate units. They will be taken to the medical examiner for identification and the exact cause of death.

READ MORE: Closures & Delays: Maryland Schools, Government Offices & Businesses

Seven other residents were able to escape the fire.

“Deputy State Fire Marshals have concluded the fire originated in a downstairs unit, and while the cause remains under investigation, a space heater igniting combustibles can not be ruled out,” the news release said.

This investigation is still ongoing.

MORE NEWS: Nets Hold Off Wizards' Rally, Beat Washington 119-118

(© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

CBS Baltimore Staff