UPDATE: One dead, one injured from kitchen fire in Clear Spring mobile home


The cause of the fire remains under investigation

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — A kitchen fire in Clear Spring left one person dead and another injured Sunday night, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office.  

The call for the fire was reported at 11:30 p.m. at a mobile home located on Goldizen Lane. 

According to investigators, Betty Middlekauff, 79, woke to the smoke alarm, saw the flames and evacuated.

Richard Middlekauff, 78, who was also in the home tried to put the fire out; he was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for treatment of his burns. 

It took nearly 60 area firefighters 45 minutes to put the fire out. 

According to the release, once the flames were out, the body of a second man was found near a bedroom at the rear of the home. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  

Damages are estimated at approximately $125,000. 

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