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Fire victim upgraded from critical condition

December 29, 2009

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. -- The condition of a woman who was carried from a burning town house south of Inwood, W.Va., early Christmas Eve has been upgraded to serious at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Patricia "Pat" Miller, 48, apparently was asleep in the living room of her two-story home at 15 Creedmore Drive in Bunker Hill when the fire broke out, police said.

Two men carried Miller from the town house after they saw smoke and flames while driving past the home on Winchester Avenue (U.S. 11), officials said. The road is within view of the home.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison said Tuesday an assistant state fire marshal was expected to investigate the cause of the fire this week. A preliminary investigation narrowed the cause to wiring or smoking material. Cigarette butts were found at the scene, Harmison has said.

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Harmison said he expects investigators will need to talk to Miller before making a final determination on what happened.

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