Elderly woman critically burned in Worcester fire

Fire officials say one person was critically injured Monday morning in a fire at a home in Worcester.

The fire broke out on Kendrick Avenue. It has since been knocked down.

An elderly woman was taken to the hospital with critical burn injuries. Firefighters broke down a door and pulled the woman from the basement. Witnesses say they heard oxygen tanks popping.

“There were multiple oxygen tanks inside the apartment,” Dep. Chief John Sullivan. “We’re looking at all possibilities as far as that goes.”

Neighbors say they heard screams and tried to help the woman before firefighters arrived, but were unable to get to her.

“I saw the woman on the floor. The oxygen tank blew off the side of her face,” said Jill Nadeau. “It was quite scary to see somebody scream for their life.”

The woman remains hospitalized with severe burns to her face, according to officials.

The fire is under investigation.