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House fire in Monkton kills elderly man, officials say

An elderly man died in a fatal fire in Monkton early Tuesday morning, according to a Baltimore County Fire spokesman.

The fire was reported at 12:25 a.m. in the 1700 block of Big Falls Road, said the spokesman, Fire Specialist Jay Ringgold. Officials identified the victim as William Harrison Smith, 80.

Crews arrived to find a two-story wood-frame building with heavy fire in the front on both floors, he said.

The firefighters did a primary search and found the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Ringgold said.

Because of the rural location of the fire, firefighters had to set up a tanker strike team to shuttle in water, he said.

The cause is still under investigation, he said. No further information was available.

Patuxent Newspapers reporter Pat van den Beemt contributed to this article.

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