Elderly Silver Spring Woman's Death Ruled Homicide

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The death of an 83-year-old woman found in a smoke-filled Silver Spring home Wednesday night was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, according to Montgomery County police.

At about 8 p.m. Wednesday, police officers went to a home in the 10500 block of Inwood Avenue to make a welfare check and noticed smoke coming from the home, according to police.

After calling for help, the officers found Lila Meizell unresponsive on the floor inside the home. They were able to pull the woman outside, but she could not be resuscitated.

Two police officers were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

A firefighter was also treated for a laceration to his hand, police said.

The fire was ruled arson.

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