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Woman Dies In Takoma Park Fire

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A Takoma Park woman has died following an apartment fire overnight. 

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to the Park Ritchie apartment homes in the 7600 block of Maple Avenue in Takoma Park early this morning. When they arrived, they entered one of those apartments  and found a young girl trying to save her grandmother's life. 

The victim, later identified as 56-year-old Charlotte Wilson, was severely burned, although she was surrounded by wet towels and wet clothing. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, but she died of those burns. 

Montgomery County fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of this deadly fire. They believe the blaze started when a cigarette caused a pile of clothes and towels to catch fire.


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