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Woman Dies in Md. Fire

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KENT COUNTY, Md.- Authorities are investigating a house fire in Rock Hall that left an elderly woman dead and her daughter injured.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the blaze occurred shortly before 4 a.m. Monday at the home located at 5182 Harris Road. According to investigators, Hester Louise Wright, 85, was unable to escape the blaze as her daughter tried to lead her outside to safety. Her daughter received minor burns to her shoulder and was taken to Kent County General Hospital where she was treated and released.

The fire was brought under control by nearly 50 firefighters from the Rock Hall, Galena and Chestertown volunteer fire companies. The two-story dwelling was heavily damaged during the blaze, which caused the second floor to collapse over Wright,investigators said.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department Technical Rescue Team provided shoring support of weakened structural walls while an excavator was used to remove debris to allow firefighters to remove the victim. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is determining the exact cause of death.

Damage estimates for the structure and contents are valued at approximately $120,000. The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office and Maryland State Police.

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