Mary Ann Brookie, 34, Identified as Victim in Lorton Apartment Complex Fire

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    The woman who died Tuesday in a four-alarm fire at a garden-style apartment complex in Lorton, Virginia, has been identified as Mary Ann Brookie, 34. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

    The woman who died Tuesday in a four-alarm fire at a garden-style apartment complex in Lorton, Virginia, has been identified as Mary Ann Brookie, 34.

    Brookie lived at 8228 Catbird Circle in Lorton, where Fairfax County firefighters responded around 3 p.m. Tuesday to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the third floor of the building.

    Woman Killed in Lorton Fire May Have Been Trapped By Broken Ankle

    [DC] Woman Killed in Lorton Fire May Have Been Trapped By Broken Ankle
    A neighbor of the woman killed in an apartment fire in Lorton, Va. believes a broken ankle may have kept her from getting out in time. Mary Anne Brookie, 34, was planning her wedding when the fire broke out in her home Wednesday night. News4's Chris Gordon has more from the scene of the fire.

    Fire officials said the fire spread to the fourth floor, attic and roof before it could be brought under control about two hours later.

    1 Dead, 4 Injured in Lorton Apartment Fire

    [DC] 1 Dead, 4 Injured in Lorton Apartment Fire
    News4's Jackie Bensen reports live from Lorton, Va. where neighbors say a woman in her 30s passed away following a 4-alarm fire.

    A visibly distraught man, identified by neighbors as the victim's fiance, was led away from the scene by officials, reported News4's Jackie Bensen.

    Her neighbors said Brookie had a broken ankle at the time of the fire.

    One Dead, Four Injured in Lorton Apartment Fire

    [DC] One Dead, Four Injured in Lorton Apartment Fire
    News4's Jackie Bensen reports live from Lorton, where crews battled a deadly apartment fire Tuesday evening.

    Fire investigators said the fire was accidental and was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. The materials were in the victim's apartment, said Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Public Information Officer Dan Schmidt.

    Many other residents were trapped on the higher floors and had to be rescued.

    1 Dead in Lorton Apartment Complex Fire

    [DC] 1 Dead in Lorton Apartment Complex Fire
    Crews battled a 4-alarm fire in a Lorton, Va. apartment complex Tuesday as temperatures climbed into the 90s. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.

    "We went to four alarms today because of the extensive fire and because of the number of rescues the firefighters had to make," said Fairfax County Fire Department Chief Richard Bower.

    As the fire grew stronger, firefighters had to adjust from an interior search and rescue to an external one due to the force of the flames. Approximately 160 firefighters ultimately went to the scene, and six suffered minor injuries.

    "The plume, the wind was pushing that fire," neighbor Suzanne Schaefer said. "I don't mean to be selfish, this woman died, but we're so lucky [to be OK]."

    Twelve apartments were severely damaged, and 36 residents were displaced. One resident was treated by paramedics at the scene but was not taken to a hospital.

    Damage is estimated at $1 million.