Homeless woman killed in Westminster thrift store fire identified

A homeless woman who was killed in a fire outside a Westminster thrift store early Tuesday morning has been identified as 59-year-old Paula Mae Carlisle, state fire officials said Wednesday.

A state medical examiner has ruled Carlisle's death was caused by "smoke inhalation and thermal burn injuries," the state fire marshal's office announced.

Carlisle's remains were found burning behind The Spare Room at 28 West Main St. in Westminster by firefighters about 1:49 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The thrift store is operated by the Westminster Rescue Mission.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze by the fire marshal's office, Westminster Police and Maryland State Police continues, officials said.



Because of initial, incorrect information provided by fire officials, the location of the fire was incorrectly identified in an earlier version of this article. The Sun regrets the error.

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