Odenton woman, 21, killed in blaze 3 children, 5 other adults unharmed

March 11, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

An Odenton woman was killed early yesterday in a house fire where five other adults and three children escaped unharmed, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Christine Sigley, 21, died when fire destroyed the 2 1/2 -story frame house in the 400 block of Oakton Road where she lived in a second-floor apartment.

Her boyfriend, Russell Rice, and her father, David Sigley, escaped, said Battalion Chief J. Gary Sheckells, a county Fire Department spokesman.

Ms. Sigley apparently went back inside the house for clothes, Chief Sheckells said. Firefighters believe she became disoriented and collapsed before the building's second floor gave way. Chief Sheckells said her body was found on the first floor.

Six first-floor residents -- three women and three children ages 6, 7 and 8 -- escaped, he said.

Heavy smoke was billowing from the house when firefighters arrived after receiving a call at 4: 14 a.m., Chief Sheckells said. The two-alarm fire was under control at 5: 30 a.m., he said.

Fire investigators believe a heater in the second-floor living room caused the fire, Chief Sheckells said. Damage to the house, which had smoke detectors on both floors, was put at $185,000.

Pub Date: 3/11/96

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