Woman dies after Hyde Park fire

An elderly woman became Boston’s first fire fatality of the year, in a blaze at her Hyde Park home Saturday night, said Steve MacDonald, spokesman for the Boston Fire Department.

The fire began shortly before 8 at a 1½-story, wood frame house on Colchester Street, MacDonald said.

The victim, whose name and age were not disclosed, was helped out of the building by a neighbor and was treated at the scene, McDonald said.


She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, MacDonald said. The state medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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The two-alarm fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes.

The extensive damage to the home was estimated at $150,000, MacDonald said.

The fire’s cause has not been determined, and is under investigation by the Boston Fire Department, Boston police, and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, MacDonald said.

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