Amy Appleby-Harris : Woman dies in Hebron house fire, 1 of 2 fatal MD blazes

A tragic incident unfolded on Saturday morning in Hebron, Maryland, as a house fire claimed the life of one person. This was one of two fatal fires reported within a span of 12 hours by the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The fire victim, identified as Amy Appleby-Harris, 58, was trapped on the second story of her Hebron home on Quantico Creek Road. Fire crews from Hebron, Mardela, Salisbury, and Delmar responded to the structure fire, where they rescued two occupants. Sadly, Amy succumbed to her injuries despite the efforts of first responders. Several pets were also lost in the blaze, adding to the tragedy of the situation.

The Deputy State Fire Marshals worked tirelessly to determine the cause of the fire. Their investigation revealed that the fire originated in the second-floor master bedroom and was caused by smoking. Although the home had working smoke detectors, the owners, including Amy, had pre-existing medical conditions that hindered their ability to escape the flames.

This heartbreaking incident was part of a deadly stretch for Maryland fires, with another fatal fire occurring just hours earlier in St. Mary’s County. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is actively investigating both cases to determine the exact causes and prevent similar tragedies in the future.

So far this year, there have been two confirmed fatal fires in Maryland, with four more pending confirmation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The community is urged to prioritize fire safety measures and ensure that all necessary precautions are in place to prevent such devastating losses.

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