Man Killed, Wife Rescued In Germantown Fire

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A fire at a house in Germantown claimed the life of a 65-year-old man. (credit: Montgomery County Fire Dept.)

A fire at a house in Germantown claimed the life of a 65-year-old man. (credit: Montgomery County Fire Dept.)

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UPDATED: April 24, 2014 1:05 p.m.

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WNEW) — A 65-year-old man died in a large house fire Thursday morning in Germantown, fire officials say.

A retired police officer and an active officer rescued the man’s wife before firefighters arrived at the house, located in the 13500 block of Jamieson Place, according to WNEW’s John Domen. The woman is being treated for non life-threatening injuries, according to a tweet from Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Pete Piringer.

The man was last seen trying to battle the fire inside the couple’s bedroom. The door to the room closed and the woman never saw her husband again, according to Domen. Firefighters later found him on the second floor of the residence.

Flames and heavy smoke could be seen pouring from the home as authorities arrived at the home around 7:30 a.m. The bulk of the fire was able to be extinguished within half an hour.

Fire officials say a dog was also rescued from the home. Two cats belonging to the family are still missing.

This cause of the fire is under investigation.

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