LITTLETON (CBS) – The New Year began on a tragic note in Littleton Monday morning as an elderly woman died in a house fire.
Firefighters were called to a home on King Street around 5:15 a.m. where they found heavy flames on the first floor.READ MORE: Mother Mourns Loss Of Lowell Murder Victim Dejah Jenkins-Minus: 'I'm Hurt, I'm Numb'
A person came out and told them that a woman was still inside.
But years of hoarding by the residents caused a problem for firefighters.
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“There was an overabundance of accumulated materials throughout the home. So it was definitely a bit of a challenge to get in there,” Littleton Fire Chief Scott Wodzinski told WBZ-TV.
The woman inside died. Her name has not been made public.
The other person was taken to the hospital.
There is no word yet on how the fire started.MORE NEWS: Celtics Beat Short-Handed Raptors For 4th Win In 6 Games
“Everything here today was a challenge. It was about six below zero when I arrived here,” Wodzinksi said.