Woman found dead in rubble of home destroyed by fire in Leyden

Franklin County
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LEYDEN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died in a house fire in western Massachusetts.

The state fire marshal’s office at first said the woman was unaccounted for after the blaze in Leyden was first reported at about 2 p.m. Monday.

Department of Fire Services spokesperson Jennifer Mieth confirmed with 22News the fire claimed the life of an adult woman. 

Police Chief Dan Galvis says the woman’s body was found in the rubble of the home at about 6 p.m. He says the home was destroyed.

Her name hasn’t been made public pending positive identification by the medical examiner. The victim’s husband has been notified.

Mieth said she believes a formal identification may take some time.

She also said that while the cause of the fire is being investigated, she’s unsure the investigative team will be able to determine the cause based on the lack of witnesses and total destruction of the building.

The Leyden Fire Department received mutual aid from Bernardston, Northfield, Colrain, Turners Falls and Shelburne Falls as well as Brattleboro and Guilford, Vermont.

Mieth said the home is located in an extremely rural spot with a long driveway, three quarters of a mile off the main road.The home did not have fire sprinklers, and was probably burning undetected for a long time. 

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