STOW (CBS) – A 98-year-old woman was killed in a fire at a home in Stow on Wednesday.

The elderly woman lived with her son at the home on Whitman Avenue.

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Neighbors said the woman lived at the home for years, and for the most part, never left.

Fire officials later admitted they just couldn’t get to the victim in time.

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WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

“They immediately began an active rescue, but unfortunately in this case, it didn’t work out,” said Chief Mike McLaughlin of the Stow Fire Department.

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Firefighters don’t know how the fire started yet.