Woman in serious condition after Laurel 2-alarm fire

LAUREL, Md. - One woman is in serious condition in the wake of a two-alarm house fire in Laurel Thursday morning.

Around 5:15 a.m., firefighters were called to the 9500 block of Canterbury Riding Lane where they found flames shooting through the window and roof of the house. The fire escalated to a second alarm.

When they arrived, crews found one woman inside the burning townhome and were able to rescue her.

"We saw them bring her out and they had her down on the ground, and they were pounding on her chest trying to get her to be breathing better.  And they would move her a few feet and keep trying," said Anthony Shadman, a neighbor. 

She was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital where she was listed in serious condition as of 8 a.m. Thursday.

A family in the home next door to the house where the fire started was also evacuated. That family escaped without injury and is being assisted by the American Red Cross. Their townhome sustained smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

While flames had been extinguished, fire crews remained on scene as of 8 a.m. to combat hot spots.

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