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Woman dead after fire breaks out at home in Overlea

One woman died in a single-alarm fire at a home in Overlea late Monday night, county officials said.

The victim, a 34-year-old woman, was taken to a local hospital and later died, said police spokeswoman Natalie Litofsky. The victim's name was being withheld pending family notification, she said.

One other person was inside the home but was not transported to a hospital, Litofsky said. The fire was reported about 9:46 p.m. in the 7000 block of Beech Avenue. The fire was extinguished shortly thereafter.

A fire spokesman had initially reported there were no injuries in the Beech Avenue blaze.

Litofsky said the investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen ceiling, possibly in the wiring, but the cause remains under investigation.

She said firefighters responded to another fire at 9:38 p.m., at a nearby vacant structure in the 7500 block of Belair Road.

No one was injured in that fire, Litofsky said.

The cause is under investigation. She said the two fires are not connected.



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