WASHINGTON - An early morning apartment fire killed a grandmother in Takoma Park, Md., Montgomery County fire officials say.
The fire occurred at about 2:15 a.m. in an apartment on Maple Avenue near Sherman Avenue.
Montgomery County Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham says the fire was out when firefighters arrived, but they discovered a badly burned woman being comforted by her granddaughter.
The woman was 56 years old. She died after being taken to a burn center.
Graham says the fire -- which burned mostly clothes and towels in the apartment -- is under investigation. Investigators are looking at whether a cigarette caused clothes and towels to catch fire and ignite the victim's clothing while she was in bed.
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