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Woman, 92, identified as victim in Gambrills house fire

Blanche Anderson, 92, found by firefighters in blaze at home on Tenbrook Road Dec. 12

By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

1:00 PM EST, December 19, 2012

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Anne Arundel County fire officials on Wednesday identified the victim of a Gambrills house fire earlier this month.

Blanche Anderson, 92, had been found unconscious by firefighters on the first floor of a home in the 1300 block of Tenbrook Road that was engulfed in flames on Dec. 12, according to the fire department.

When firefighters arrived around 5:30 p.m., heavy smoke and flames were reported. A neighbor had called 911 after hearing calls for help coming from another resident, a 15-year-old, who jumped from a second-floor window, fire officials said. The teen was not injured.

After about 30 minutes, firefighters extinguished the flames. Officials said the fire cost an estimated $150,000 in damages but the cause remains under investigation.

Anderson's death is the sixth fire-related death in the county this year.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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