Fire marshal: 2 die in unrelated Maryland house fires

October 31, 2021 GMT

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland are investigating after two people died after separate house fires in two counties.

There’s no indication the deaths are related.

The State Fire Marshal’s office issued a news release saying that firefighters responded early Saturday to a fire at a two-story house in Kent County. The home was heavily damaged and the second floor collapsed into the first. Firefighters said they found a victim within the wreckage.

The home is considered a complete loss. The victim will be autopsied to determine the identification and cause of death.

Separately, the State Fire Marshal’s office said in a news release that a Hagerstown man was found dead after a neighbor went to check on his wellbeing and noticed smoke inside the house. Firefighters forced entry, noticed a fire that had put itself out and found a victim believed to be the home’s 91-year-old owner. Authorities say the fire originated in a small workshop and that its cause remains under investigation.