Betty Starry killed in Greenbelt townhouse fire

An elderly woman is dead and two other people were injured in a townhouse fire in Greenbelt Friday night, says a spokesperson for the Prince George's County Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived, fire on both floors was extending to the roof in the two-story middle-of-the-row townhouse on Laurel Hill Road.

The deceased is identified as Betty Starry, 86.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the scene to extinguish the blaze, which started at about 9 p.m.

Firefighters were out in force on Saturday, going door-to-door, making sure residents in the town have working smoke detectors.

Greenbelt Fire Chief Thomas Ray tells ABC7 News this is the only the second fatal fire in Greenbelt history to his knowledge. The city was founded in 1937 and Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, helped lay out the town.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire and working to estimate the damage it caused.

The two people who escaped the fire had serious but not life threatening injuries. One of the injured was the victim's son. The other was a caretaker.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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