Cause of the fire remains under investigation
Hagerstown, Md. (DG) – Authorities have released the name of a 2-year-old girl who died in a house fire earlier this week on Shinham Road near Hagerstown.
The Mayrland State Fire Marshal’s Office is reporting Sophia Turner was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical Center shortly after the fire.
Investigators learned 29-year-old Dana Clopein was babysitting the child when the fire started. Clopein and her father tried to put out the fire and rescue the child, but were overcome by heavy smoke.
A team of fire investigators determined the fire started in the basement, and the cause remains under investigation.
Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to assist investigators which is standard operating procedure whenever a fatal fire occurs.
The cause of death is being withheld while the cause of the fire continues to be investigated.