Elderly woman dies in Chillum house fire

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PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. - A woman died after her house in Chillum caught fire Saturday morning, according to a Prince George's Fire Department spokesperson.

Family members identified the victim to DCW50 as Jeanette Goines, 76.

"She was dear to so many people," says Pearl Minick, a cousin and close friend. "Just a very loving and caring person, so she will really be missed."

Firefighters responded to the report of smoke coming from the 2-story home around 7:45 a.m. at the 1400 block of Ray Road.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire and located the occupant deceased in the same general area, officials say.

The home only had one smoke alarm on the lower level and was not in a position to detect smoke on the upper floors and provide an early warning to the occupant, officials say.

Heartbroken family members gathered outside the home on Saturday after getting word about the fire.

Loved ones say Goines was meticulous about making sure she replaced her smoke alarm batteries.

"She just had a routine, she did for quite sometime," says her niece, Vangela Lawson. "Just knowing her, I just don’t understand what happened or what could’ve possibly happened to bring this on her like this, and nobody was here to try to help."

Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation, however, nothing suspicious has been found.

Goines' official cause of death will be determined the the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Fire loss is estimated at $50,000 with an area of origin being the living room on the main level, officials say.

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