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.

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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.

The home on King Street after the fire Monday morning. (WBZ-TV)

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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.

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“Everything here today was a challenge. It was about six below zero when I arrived here,” Wodzinksi said.