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MCFRS News Release

For Immediate Release:
February 20, 2012

Release ID: 12-007
Contact: Scott Graham, Public Information Office
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Fatal Fire in Takoma Park

Claims the Life of a 56 year-old Grandmother; First Fire Fatality of 2012 in Montgomery County

At approximately 2:15 a.m. on Monday, February 20, 2012, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service units responded for the report of an apartment fire at 7600 Maple Avenue in Takoma Park.  First arriving firefighters encountered a pile of clothes and towels smoldering in a sixth floor apartment. They quickly began care and treatment of a woman suffering from significant burn injuries in the apartment and transported her to the Washington Hospital Center’s MedStar Burn Unit where she later died from injuries sustained in the fire. Officials have released the name of the victim, Charlotte Wilson, age 56 of Takoma Park, Maryland.  Another occupant of the residence was assessed and treated on the scene.

The origin and cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigation Section. Investigators believe that a cigarette may have started the deadly fire. Damage is estimated at approximately $1,000.

Smoking is the number one cause of home fire deaths in the United States. Fire caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials are preventable. Montgomery County

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