Anne Arundel County fire leaves one dead

Fire tore through an Odenton home, killing a 91-year-old woman and forcing a 15-year-old boy to jump out of a window to safety.

Fire crews were called to the home in the 1300 block of Tenbrook Road as the house went up in flames around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The burst of flames trapped Blanche Anderson, 91, in her room. She could walk but was blind and was unable to escape. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A neighbor called 911 after hearing the teen yell for help.

The family lost just about everything they own and tonight they're coping with the loss of a beloved woman and the family dog.

The fire started in the room where Anderson stayed.

"She lived with my mom and when my mom passed, she asked me would I keep her and not put her in a home," says Rose Cropper. "She was a sweetheart, just the sweetest lady you would ever meet."

NewsChopper 7 hovered overhead as fire engulfed the Odenton home and a desperate fight for survival played out.

The surging flames and searing heat pinned Cropper's son in his upstairs bedroom. As the fire closed in on him, his only way out was through a second floor window.

"My 15-year-old was upstairs and I am so thankful he woke up and jumped from the window," Cropper says.

Today the Croppers returned to salvage what they could. They lost just about everything, including their adored dog, a Jack Russell named Monty, who also died in the fire.

"There is nothing else to do but start all over. You can't just stop right here," says Garry Cropper. "God's got it in his hands. I'm gonna go in his direction."

This is a deeply religious family, now struggling through enormous pain during what is usually one of the happiest times for them. While they don't know where they will be this Christmas, they will be together and for them that is good enough.

"We will be fine," Rose Cropper says. "We got a lot of family, a lot of friends, and a bunch of support. All the neighbors, they supported us, so we will be good."

Anne Arundel County fire investigators are working to determine what started the fire.

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