Elderly Couple Killed in Maugansville House Fire


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - A tragic fire in Maugansville killed an elderly couple early Wednesday morning. They Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating the blaze that started on the first floor of the home just before 5 a.m. on Village Mill Drive. 

After a close friend and neighbor called 911, witnesses say it was too late to alert the couple. 

Fire crews were still reported to be on scene Wednesday morning. Fire officials say they found two victims, a man on the first floor kitchen and a woman in an upstairs bedroom. Both were pronounced dead on the scene. 

Fire crews from Washington and Franklin Counties responded to the scene Wednesday morning. Neighbors say it was an elderly couple who lived in the home. The origin of the fire is confirmed to have started on the first floor of the property. Fire officials say there's some fire damage to the first room and some heat and smoke damage throughout the house as well. 

The State Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating the house fire, but as of right now officials say they haven't found any evidence of smoke detectors in the home. 

"We haven't been able to find those yet, we're working with continuing the investigation of the exact cause of the fire at this point," said Jason Mowbry, Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal. 

Experts say fires become more frequent during the winter months and advise residents to have working smoke alarms in their homes. 

"It's very important that you have a smoke alarm and that smoke alarm is in the home, have one on each level and that you do test the batteries and make sure they are functioning properly," said Mowbry. 

Officials say the two bodies will be taken to Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. 

Currently this is an ongoing investigation and officials encourage anyone without smoke alarms to reach out to their local fire department to receive one. 

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