Crews investigate fatal house fire in Beverly

BEVERLY, MASS. (WHDH) - Firefighters in Beverly are investigating a fatal house fire that broke out Saturday morning.

Crews responded to a home on Hale Street just before 11 a.m. and found heavy flames burning inside a two-story home.

The flames and smoke took the life of a woman in her 80s who lived alone in her home.

Friends described the woman as kind and active in the community.

Many neighbors, and strangers, knew her as “The Duck Lady” who spent quite a bit of time with the birds at the stream next to her home.

Fire officials described her place as a hoarder house.

State Police and investigators spent hours at the home, combing through damaged belongings and evidence.

The cause of the fire is not known.

Authorities are investigating the fire.

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