Coroner IDs 2 women dead in Shrewsbury house fire

SHREWSBURY, Pa. (WHTM) – Two women died and a third is critically injured after a house fire in Shrewsbury Township early Friday.

Brenda Neal, 47, and Melody Waltermeyer, 58, both of Hampstead, Maryland, were trapped in the basement of the home in the first block of Foundry Drive, York County Coroner Pam Gay said.

The women initially escaped the fire that started around 1:45 a.m. It is believed they went back inside to rescue a cat.

Gay said both women died of carbon monoxide toxicity. Their deaths were ruled accidental.

The third woman sustained facial burns. She was flown to a burn center where she was in critical condition.

Flames were shooting from the home when firefighters arrived. They knew two people were trapped but could not get to them.

The cause is under investigation.

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