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Salisbury Fire That Killed 2 Ruled Accidental

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The aftermath of Friday's fire at 413 Patrick Ave. in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC) The aftermath of Friday's fire at 413 Patrick Ave. in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- Authorities are blaming an overloaded extension cord for a fire at a Salisbury duplex that killed two people.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal Office said the fire, which was reported shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, originated in the master bedroom of the one-story duplex at 413 Patrick Ave.  Investigators said the extension cord caught fire and ignited nearby combustibles. A smoke detector was located inside the home but it was determined that it did not work.

Officials said 66-year-old William Holbrook Jr., and his wife, 41-year-old Mary Holbrook, were found unconscious inside the smoke-filled duplex. William Holbrook died Friday after being transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. His wife, who was also taken to PRMC, died late Saturday night.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that William Holbrook's cause of death was smoke inhalation.

Investigators said Francisco Figueroa, who occupied the other half of the duplex, was home at the time of the fire and was alerted by activation of his smoke alarm. Figueroa was displaced from his home and was being assisted by the local American Red Cross.

 

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