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Fire Victim Indentified

October 7th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

                           A woman who died in a Frostburg apartment fire was identified Thursday by state fire investigators.

Trina Lou Wengerd, 54, died Tuesday from smoke inhalation and thermal burns, the state medical examiner concluded.

Volunteer firefighters found Wengerd in a second-floor apartment at 316 Braddock St., where the fire started about 2:30 p.m.

Investigators believe Wengerd was sleeping on a couch in the living room and woke up to the fire, said Senior Deputy Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire of the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Witnesses said they heard "thuds" about 10 minutes before the fire was discovered, indicating Wengerd may have fallen while searching for her cat or as she was attempting to grab a nearby portable fire extinguisher, Alkire said.