Woman killed in fire at home in Bel Air Other condo occupants evacuated

none hurt

January 19, 1992|By Jay Apperson

Fire investigators were searching for the cause of a fire that killed a woman yesterday morning in her Bel Air condominium.

Authorities were withholding the woman's name until relatives could be notified. She was described as being in her mid-60s.

Residents of the Hickory Hills Condominiums in the 200 block of Crocker Drive called 911 about 11 a.m. to report smoke wafting through the building, Edward Hopkins, a captain with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, said.

Bob Thomas, spokesman for the state fire marshal's office, said the fire apparently started near a sofa in a living room in the dead woman's ground-floor condominium unit.

He said the fire, which was confined to the one unit, did $35,000 in damage. The cause of the fire had not been determined by last evening.

Mr. Thomas said that the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and that an autopsy will be conducted.

Mr. Hopkins said firefighters brought one woman down a ladder from her third-floor condominium.

Although other occupants of the six-unit building were evacuated while the fire was being fought, all were allowed to return to their homes later in the day.

Mr. Hopkins said that he could recall no fatal fires within the town limits of Bel Air for at least 18 years.

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