Elderly woman dies in Mount Airy house fire Sunday

An elderly woman died early Sunday morning when her Mount Airy home was destroyed by fire, according to Doug Alexander, public information officer for the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company.

She was one of two people in the home at the time of the fire, officials said.

The other, a man, was able to escape without injury before firefighters arrived, according to a news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The elderly woman was found dead inside, according to the release.

As of Monday morning, fire officials had not released the names or ages of the individuals, but said they were a couple.

More than 50 firefighters responded to the fire at 2806 Flag Marsh Road, which was reported about 8:14 a.m.

According to the release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the fire started in a first-floor living room, but the cause remains under investigation.

The two-story, wood-frame, single-family home sustained $200,000 in damage, according to fire officials.

There were no working smoke alarms inside the home, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

A firefighter with the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company sustained a minor injury while responding to the call.

When entering the home, his leg "punched" through the floor, according to Alexander.

He was transported to the Carroll Hospital Center for treatment of burns to his leg, but was released and finished his shift Sunday, Alexander said.

Investigators were assisted by Maryland State Police and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

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