WESTMINSTER, Md. — Authorities say a Maryland homeowner went into cardiac arrest and died shortly after calling to report a fire at his Westminster home.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal says authorities were called to the Naugahyde Road home around 12:45 p.m. Friday. The Fire Marshal’s office says the homeowner, 75-year-old Gordon Edwin Fisher Jr., called to report the blaze, but the phone was disconnected shortly after.

A neighbor who was first to arrive at the scene found Fisher in cardiac arrest near his home’s front door. An emergency crew tried to revive him, but he later died.

Arriving firefighters found the garage and an adjoining portion of the house fully engulfed in flames. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the blaze under control. The fire caused about $250,000 in damage.

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