Woman Injured in Laurel Fire Dies

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    NEWSLETTERS

    (Courtesy HCDFRS)

    A woman injured after her Laurel, Md., townhome caught fire has died.

    Crews were called to the two-alarm fire in the 9500 block of Canterbury Riding around 5:15 a.m. Thursday. When firefighters arrives, they found heavy fire coming from the home. The woman, identified as 50-year-old Kimberly Ann Murphy-Smith, was found during a search of the home.

    She was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital in serious condition and died a day later.

    Howard County Fire officials said the fire was brought under control by 6 a.m., but crews remained on the scene to extinguish hidden pockets of fire.

    The damage is estimated at $150,000.

    A vacant home next door sustained some light smoke damage. No one else was inside Murphy-Smith's home at the time of the fire.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials said it appears accidental.