MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
A female resident of Laurel suffering from burn injuries sustained the night before passed away this afternoon. At around 9:45 pm, Thursday, January 1, 2015, Firefighters and Paramedics from the Laurel area responded to a 2-story single family home in the 7200 block of Carriage Hill Drive. Upon arrival firefighters found a burned piece of furniture that appears to have been on fire and extinguished by the occupant, an 80-year-old female. Firefighters ensured the fire was completely out while medics evaluated the female resident and found her to be suffering from burns covering nearly half of her body.
Paramedics transported the female to the Burn Unit in Washington DC where she survived until just before 4:00 pm, today, January 2, 2015.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld temporarily pending notification of family members. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, however, appears to be accidental.