A 75-year-old woman died Wednesday in a fire that, officials said, was possibly caused by a faulty electrical cord in an Alexandria home.
The blaze broke out around 12:34 a.m. in a two-story townhouse in the 300 block of S. Pitt Street. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the second floor. A 76-year-old man inside the home was rescued, but the woman was found dead in an upstairs bedroom, fire officials said. A dog and cat were found alive, authorities said.
Authorities later identified the victim as Jera Verne.
An initial investigation found that the cause of the fire may be an electrical cord that came in contact with a mattress and other combustibles, according to Alexandria Fire officials.
Estimated damage to the home was $150,000.