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Woman critically injured in Halethorpe fire, 3 escape

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A woman is in critical condition following a house fire early Tuesday morning in Halethorpe.

Baltimore County fire officials said they were called around 12:30 a.m. to the 3400 block of Hopkins Avenue for a fire. Firefighters saw heavy fire when they arrived.

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"I walked out and I could feel the heat from the fire," said Caitlin Vermillion, a neighbor.

Firefighters rescued a woman in her 20s from the the second floor of the burning home. She was critically injured from breathing in smoke and heat.

"It hurt me because she is such a sweet person, so seeing her come out with the firefighters carrying her the way they did hurt a lot," Caitlin Vermillion said.

Three people other were able to make it out of the home safely.

A firefighter was treated for minor injuries at a hospital but has since been released.

Fire officials have ruled this an accidental electrical fire, saying it started from a hoverboard that was charging next to a couch on the first floor.

"There have been cases of these hoverboards, the batteries in them, the lithium batteries in them, overheating and catching fire. There have been some notices out there. We're unsure right now of the brand or style of the hoverboard this was," Baltimore County fire Lt. Travis Francis said.

Neighbors said it's a tragedy any way you look at it, and they're praying for the family.

"I hope they can recover from it. I know they're not going to be able to get their house back, but I hope they can recover from it," Theresa Vermillion said. "It's devastating, very devastating. I mean, it's a house you look at every day when you come outside because we park here. It's just devastating. I feel terrible."

Firefighters said there were several pets in the home, including several rabbits that were deceased. A few snakes and a tarantula survived.

The home is considered a total loss.

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