Woman, dog dead following Woonsocket fire

Blackstone Valley

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman found unresponsive by firefighters battling a house fire in Woonsocket has died.

Crews responded to a home on Newbury Avenue in Woonsocket around 7 a.m. Monday for reports of a fire.

Fire Chief Paul Shatraw told Eyewitness News the middle-aged woman was found on the first floor of the home and taken to Landmark Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

A dog also died in the fire, according to officials.

Shatraw said there was fire damage throughout and the home is likely a total loss.

He also said the interior conditions of the home were extremely dangerous so, once crews removed the victim, they cleared the building and fought the fire from the outside.

“It was a very grave situation,” Shatraw said. “Fire crews navigated a very difficult situation. There were holes in the first floor, between the first floor and the basement.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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