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UPDATE: Salisbury House Fire Caused By Extension Cord

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SALISBURY, Md. - A second victim of a Friday morning house fire in Salisbury has succumbed to her injuries. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says 41-year-old Mary Holdbrook passed away late Saturday night.

Officials say the fire started just before 5:00 AM, in the master bedroom of the Patrick Avenue duplex. The blaze was reportedly sparked by an overloaded extension cord, which caught fire, and ignited nearby combustibles. Officials say there was a smoke detector in the home, but it wasn't working at the time of the fire.

Mary's husband, 66-year-old William Holdbrook, died Friday, after being rushed to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The Office of the chief Medical Examiner has reportedly ruled his cause of death as smoke inhalation.

The couple is survived by their 18-year-old daughter, Monica. A fund for her has been set up through M&T Bank to assist with her expenses called the "William and Mary Holdbrook Benefit Fund." If you would like to lend a hand, you can do so at any M&T Bank.

Investigators say the occupant of the other side of the duplex was alerted to the fire by his smoke alarm, and has been displaced from his home. He is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

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