Thursday, November 3, 2011

Early Morning Fire Claims the Life of Aspen Hill Woman

IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 3, 2011

Early Morning Fire Claims the Life of Aspen Hill Woman

Rockville - - - A woman has died in a house fire this morning in Montgomery County. First arriving firefighters rescued and removed the victim from the bedroom area of the home and she was transported unconscious and unresponsive to a local hospital. Her name has not been released.

Shortly before 4:00 this morning, firefighters were dispatched to the 4700 block of Iris Street in Aspen Hill, Maryland. Fire and Rescue units arrived on the scene of a single family home with significant fire conditions to the lower level of the home and extending to the first floor and attic of the residence.

Firefighters encountered an adult male in the front yard. He was assessed, treated and transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.  Upon entering the structure, firefighters located and rescued an adult female from the 1st foor bedroom area of the home. Rescuers immediately began treatment and transported the victim, unconscious and unresponsive, to a local hospital. Hospital officials have pronounced her deceased.

According to initial interviews, they were the only occupants of the home. Over 55 firefighters  were on the scene during the height of firefighting operations. Two firefighters were transported to a local hospital with injuries classified as minor and non-life threatening. Both are expected to be treated and released later today.    

An investigation is underway. Firefighters will be out later today canvassing the neighborhood checking smoke alarms and handing out fire safety information in the wake of this fatal fire in an effort to prevent another tragedy.
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