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73-Year-Old Woman Dies Following Natick House Fire

NATICK (CBS) – An elderly woman died Saturday after being pulled from a house fire in Natick.

An off-duty Natick firefighter who was on his way to work saw the flames coming from the East Central Street home around 7:30 a.m.

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An elderly woman died in a house fire in Natick on Saturday. (WBZ-TV)

"The initial companies that came in discovered a hole in the second floor bedroom where the victim was found. They were able to navigate that hole," Natick Fire Chief Daniel Dow said.

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A burned mattress from the home where an elderly woman died in Natick on Saturday. (WBZ-TV)

The unconscious woman was rushed to Leonard Morse Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Middlesex District Attorney's office identified the victim as 73-year-old Carol McCarthy.

"It's a tragedy anytime there is loss of life in a fire," Dow said.

Neighbors were stunned at the news.

Neighbor Nadia Sansossio says, "We woke up to a lot of the fire engines, so we came down to see if everyone was OK."

"It's horrible," neighbor Fabrizo Croce said.

The fire reached two alarms before it was knocked down. The home didn't have working smoke detectors.

The fire remains under investigation.

Saturday's blaze marked the 12th death resulting from a fire so far this year.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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