UPDATE: Calvert Woman Dies in House Fire

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UPDATE: Calvert Woman Dies in House Fire

HUNTINGTOWN - 1/20/2010

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Investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal have determined the fire that took the life of 79-year old Genevieve Therese Knight was the result of a smoking accident.

The fire occurred on January 12, 2010 at 300 Sun Park Lane in Huntingtown at 3:21 PM. Mrs. Knight was home alone at the time of the fire and apparently smoking in bed when she fell asleep. Mrs. Knight’s husband Ralph came home to discover the house filled with smoke and went to a neighbors to call for help.

Preliminary examination by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner indicates the cause of death to be smoke
inhalation.


A Huntingtown woman died Tuesday afternoon when she was unable to escape her burning home at 300 Sun Park Lane.

The fire, which occurred at 3:21 p.m. on Jan. 12, took the life of 79-year-old Genevieve Therese Knight who was home alone at the time of the fire. Upon returning home from shopping, Mrs. Knight’s husband Ralph discovered the house filled with smoke and the smoke alarm sounding. He ran to a neighbor’s and called 911.

Twenty-five firefighters from the Huntingtown, Dunkirk, Prince Frederick and North Beach fire Companies responded to the fire. No firefighters were injured as a result of the incident. The victim was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital and she will be transferred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for examination.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal and The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

Damage is estimated at $150,000.

Mr. Knight is staying with family.



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