By Jessica Albert

PASADENA (WJZ) — Investigators are working to learn what caused a Thursday morning house fire in Pasadena that killed two people and injured two firefighters.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department identified the victims as Patsie Griffin, 79, and James Griffin, 74.

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Crews arrived at the single-story residence on Thomas Road about 12:30 a.m. after getting a 911 call from the couple, who said they were trapped inside their home.

“They reported the house was full of smoke and they were unable to evacuate,” Battalion Chief Russ Davies said.

Firefighters said smoke could be seen coming from the roof on all four sides of the home when they rushed inside in search of the couple.

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“They immediately made entry to try to rescue the trapped occupants, which they were able to do,” Davies said. “They brought them outside to waiting paramedics.”

Despite life-saving efforts, the Griffins were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Two firefighters were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the fire department said.

Based on preliminary details, firefighters suspect the fire was an accident that got started in the family’s kitchen.

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The fire department said this was the county’s first deadly house fire in 2021.

Jessica Albert