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84-year-old woman dies in house fire in PG County, officials say

A townhouse fire in Prince George's County led to the death of an 84-year-old woman. (Photo, ABC7)

An 84-year-old woman died after a house fire Sunday night in District Heights.

Doris Miller, who neighbors say had lived in the townhouse for decades, was pronounced dead at the hospital after suffering severe burns.

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS has not officially determined the cause of the fire, which started around 11:00 p.m., but say it appears to have begun on the second floor of the townhouse, which is located along the 6000 block of North Hil Mar Circle.

Neighbors say Miller’s daughter and her daughter’s fiancé escaped from the home after being unable to rescue the 84-year-old.

Firefighters arrived and fought through the flames to get to Miller and got her out. They say medics immediately began treating her, but were unable to save her life.

She had suffered from severe burns and also smoke inhalation.

The fire department says the fire did $80,000 worth of damage and that there were no working smoke alarms inside the house.

Early Monday afternoon PGFD and Morningside Volunteer firefighters went door to door in the neighborhood to check whether residents had smoke alarms. They gave out detectors to people who needed them.

It appears the fire started on the second floor of the home near what a neighbor says was Miller’s bedroom.

Neighbors describe Miller as a very kind and loving woman who was known to tell others, “Make sure you get your hugs and your kisses.”

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS says the cause of the fire is still officially under investigation.

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