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81-year-old man dies in Suitland house fire

Gene Summers was taken to a hospital with severe burns, where he later died.
Credit: WUSA9

SUITLAND, Md. — An elderly Maryland man died after a house fire in Suitland, Maryland, Tuesday night.

Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 1800 block of Campbell Drive just before 7:30 p.m. Crews arrived to find a single-story home with a basement, with smoke showing and heavy fire inside the home, the Prince George's County Fire Department said in a tweet. 

Responding firefighters were able to bring the fire under control quickly. During a search of the home, the fire department says firefighters found an adult man inside with serious, life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead 4 hours later. 

The man was identified by Prince George's County police as Gene Summers. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends," PGPD said in a statement. 

A woman who got herself out of the house was also treated for minor injuries, and is expected to survive. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and a medical examiner will determine the cause of Summer's death. 

Fire investigators estimate the damage to the home to be around $100,000. 

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