CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) - An elderly woman is dead and six people have been left homeless after a three-alarm fire tore through a multi-family home in Cambridge on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responding to a reported fire on Webster Avenue around 7:30 a.m. found heavy flames coming out of the building.

“We had significant fire in the rear of the building that actually burned away the rear stairwell between floors two and three,” Cambridge Fire Chief Gerry Mahoney said. “We also had a partial collapse of porches in the rear.”

Crews discovered one elderly woman dead inside. Her family told 7NEWS that they are devastated.

“For anybody to suffer a fire loss and the loss of human life, obviously, is something that’s really tragic,” Mahoney said.

No other injuries were reported.

Fire officials say six people were displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is a developing story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest updates.

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