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Woman Trapped in Basement of Burning MA Home Dies

By Peter Prochilo
From boston.com:
A fire that broke out Friday night in a two-family home on Melrose Avenue killed a woman trapped in the structure’s basement, a fire official said.

The woman, whose identity was not released pending notification of her family, was believed to be a "visitor" in the house at 75 Melrose Ave., said Brockton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Murphy, in a brief phone interview this afternoon.

The woman called 911 and reported that she was trapped about 11 p.m., he said. Eight trucks responded to the two-alarm fire, he said.


A search team of fire fighters swept the basement searching for survivors, but failed initially to find her. A second search team located a door to a room where the woman’s body was found, Murphy said.

A witness to the scene last night, who lives nearby but declined to give her name, said she saw emergency medical personnel attempt to revive the woman for more than 15 minutes in the back of a waiting ambulance after she was pulled from the building.

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