MELROSE, MASS. (WHDH) - An elderly Melrose woman was cooking Wednesday when a stovetop fire spread to her counter and ignited her clothing, the Middlesex Distinct Attorney’s office said.
The blaze broke out on 85 Grove Street, claiming the life of a 101-year-old woman. Her name has not been released.
“This is a sad end to a long, vibrant life and the fire department offers their condolences to the woman’s family,” Fire Chief Christopher Leary said.
There were no working smoke alarms in the two-family home, according to investigators.
State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey says Massachusetts has had 38 fire deaths in 2017.
The fatal blaze is under investigation.
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