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Woman dead, man injured in rowhome fire in Middle River

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a person standing in front of a building: Middle River fire © WBALTV Middle River fire

A woman is dead following a rowhome fire in Middle River that also sent a man to an area hospital on Wednesday. Firefighters battled the fire through the morning.

WBAL-TV 11 News spoke with neighbors about the alarming scene.

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There is a gaping hole where neighbors said a man jumped from the second floor in an attempt to escape the flames, while a woman was left trapped inside.

"It was just scary because it was first thing this morning,” said Renee O’Connor, a neighbor.

Crews responded quickly while two people at the time were presumed to still be inside the fire as neighbors on Cockspur Road woke up Wednesday morning to fire engines.

“One occupant of the home met them outside,” said Lt. Travis Francis, of the Baltimore County Fire Department. “When arrived they had heavy fire conditions blowing out of the front and rear of the home."

“There were fire engines and everything, everywhere, and we look out and the house was on fire,” O’Connor said.

And as the hours went on, apparently time was not on the side of rescuers.

Fire officials said a second man was taken to an area hospital with burns, while a woman was found dead amongst the debris.

"There's no gas or electric in that house, so we know it couldn't have been a hot water heater or anything blowing up, so everybody's wondering how it started and just thankful that it didn't spread to other houses, more homes,” said Shirl Zacharko, a neighbor.

Neighbors who have spent years calling the area home now are in total shock as a family mourns.

"Thankful that most of them were okay, and condolences to the family,” Zacharko said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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