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Woman critically injured in Crownsville fire

Rachael Pacella
Contact Reporterrpacella@capgaznews.com

An 86-year-old woman suffered critical injuries Saturday after she was trapped by a fire in an upstairs bedroom of her Crownsville home, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman said.

Just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a fire was reported in the 1100 block of Waterbury Heights Road, Capt. Russ Davies wrote in an email.

One person in the home was alerted to the fire when a smoke alarm went off, then went to neighbor’s house to call 911. A total of 30 firefighters came to the scene, where neighbors told them an 86-year-old woman was in the rear upstairs bedroom, Davies said.

The neighbors already had a ladder in place, and firefighters immediately entered the house to remove the woman.

She was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie with critical, life-threatening injuries.

The fire was under control within 90 minutes. The house was a total loss, Davies said, with much of the roof and walls collapsed.

The fire occurred in a part of the county that doesn’t have fire hydrants, Davies said, so water had to be brought to the scene in tankers and in a water supply engine.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit is investigating the cause of the fire. Anyone with video or pictures from the fire should contact investigators at 410-222-TIPS.

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