2 killed in Washington County fire, no smoke alarms found in home

Fire 2 killed in Washington County fire, no smoke alarms found in homeUPDATE (11/21/13; 4:02 p.m. ET): The victims have been identified as Donald Keith Alt, 83, and Betty June Alt, 72.

Original story below…

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MAUGANSVILLE – A team of investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Maryland State Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are looking into an early morning, double-fatal house fire in Washington County.

The fire broke out in the 13800 block of Village Mill Drive in Maugansville.

An adult male victim was found on the first floor of the home and an adult female was found inside a bedroom on the second floor.

Both victims were pronounced dead at thscene.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will now try to determine the victims’ identities and their exact causes of death.

In all, 42 fire service personnel from Maugansville, Long Meadow, Williamsport, Halfway, Leitersburg, Community Rescue, Washington County Special Operations, Washington County Air & Rehab and Green Castle, PA were able to control the one-alarm blaze within ten minutes.

The fire was contained to the first floor kitchen/dining room area of the two-story, brick-framed dwelling.

Smoke and heat damage were found throughout the home. No additional injuries were reported.

Investigators have determined that the fire started in the kitchen/dining room area. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Damage to the structure and contents has been estimated at $18,000. No smoke alarms found at the scene.

The State Fire Marshal is reminding all Maryland residents about the importance of installing and maintaining working smoke alarms in their homes.

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