An elderly woman was killed in a fire Monday night in a cluttered mobile home in the eastern Franklin County town of Orange, fire investigators say.
According to a news release sent to 22News by the State Fire Marshal’s office, it is believed that smoking caused the fire at 38 Glenwood Avenue. Fire Chief James Young says that there were no working smoke alarms inside the house, and that clutter made the firefighting efforts more difficult.
“There was an excess amount of clutter in the home which made it harder to fight the fire and contributed to the fire’s spread, and may have made it harder for the woman to escape,” Young said.
The elderly woman is believed to be the only resident of the home. Her name is not being released until a formal identification has been made by the Office of the State Medical Examiner.
“This is the 23rd fire death in Massachusetts this year, and over one-third of the deaths have been elderly over 65 years of age,” State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said. “One common denominator in so many of these fire deaths has been the lack of working smoke alarms.”