No smoke detector found in fatal Charles Town fire

CHARLES TOWN — The home where a woman perished this week in a house fire had no working smoke detector, a fire official said Tuesday.

Jeanne Thomas of Charles Town died after her house at 75 Packett Drive in the Tuscawilla Hills subdivision caught fire early Monday, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Mark Lambert.

She would have celebrated her 65th birthday that day.

A second victim, Adrienne Thomas, was treated for smoke inhalation at Jefferson Memorial Hospital after she escaped through a first-floor bedroom window.

Fire departments from Jefferson County responded to the blaze around 1:30 a.m. When units arrived, the victim’s daughter had escaped and indicated that her mother was trapped inside.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, although no foul play or arson is suspected, according to Lambert.

The house was completely destroyed.

Citizens Fire Company Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Fritsch said all seven Jefferson County fire departments responded to the scene, as well as units from Berkeley County, Washington County (Md.) and Loudoun County (Va.).

Fritsch said it is important that residents have working smoke detectors in their homes at all times.

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