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Fire Victim Dies Months After Losing Husband

Reports say Elizabeth "Betsy" Jordan, 53, died Sunday at her home in Arundel on the Bay.

The  Sunday morning took the life of homeowner Elizabeth "Betsy" Jordan, 53, just three months after the death of her husband.

John Surrick died April 6 of this year after what neighbors said was a long battle with an illness. 

The couple were married for 23 years and had no children together but Surrick had three children from a previous marriage, according to the Washington Post.

Neighbor Debbie Zeman said the couple was always very friendly.

"They used to stop and say hello; they enjoyed the kids," Zeman said.

Zeman lived two doors down from the couple.

"I heard the fire trucks and stepped outside of my door; then I heard the crackling," Zeman said. "It looked like their whole backyard was on fire."

According to a press release from Anne Arundel County's Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the home in the 3400 block of Newport Avenue in Annapolis around 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The first unit to arrive on the scene reported visible flames through the roof of a two-story house. Neighbors told the firefighters that the home's occupant was unaccounted for at that time.

Mike Johnson said his neighbor alerted him to the fire after she smelled smoke during her morning bike ride.

“There must have had 20 fire trucks, at least,” Johnson said.

Firefighters from Anne Arundel County, the city of Annapolis and the Naval Academy fire departments worked more than 40 minutes to bring the fire under control, according to a press release.

Firefighters reportedly discovered Jordan’s body while searching the home and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Maryland's medical examiner has not determined the exact cause of Jordan's death at this time, and the cause of the fire itself still remains under investigation.

A press release from the fire department stated that the fire caused approximately $200,000 worth of damage to the home.

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