One person dead, one injured in 2-alarm Edgewater fire

A two-alarm blaze that started inside an Edgewater home left one person dead and another injured Saturday afternoon, according for an Anne Arundel County fire spokesman.

Firefighters were called at 1:35 p.m. to the 1300 block of Shore Drive where they found heavy smokes coming from a one-story house, said Division Chief Michael E. Cox.

Neighbors told fire crews there were still people trapped inside the home, he said. Firefighters searched the homes and found two victims. Cox did not know the age or gender of the victim who died. A woman in her late 60s to early 70s was taken to the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for life-threatening injuries.

The names of the injured and deceased are being withheld pending family notification and the results of the autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner, fire officials said.

A neighbor, Jody Carvalho, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for possible smoke inhalation, officials said.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze that started inside the home. About 60 firefighters from Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, and the U.S. Naval Academy responded.

Cox said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. He did not know a damage estimate for the home, but fire investigators believe the house and contents to be a total loss. Red Cross members were called to assist the remaining residents of the home.

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