ESSEX, Md. — Baltimore County fire officials are investigating a house fire in Essex that killed two women.

Officials say crews were called to the fire in the 900 block of Arncliffe Road about 7:30 p.m. Monday. Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman Jay Ringgold says neighbors and police were trying to enter the two-story home when the crews arrived.

Ringgold says the women were found upstairs. One woman was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the other was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center.

They were pronounced dead at the hospitals.