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.
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.