Woman Injured in Laurel Fire Dies

Friday, Jan 17, 2014  |  Updated 1:35 PM EDT
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Woman Injured in Laurel Fire Dies

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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.

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