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Woman dies after Hyde Park fire

An elderly woman became Boston’s first fire fatality of the year, after a blaze at her Hyde Park home Saturday night, said Steve MacDonald, spokesman for the Boston Fire Department.

The fire began shortly before 8 p.m. at a 1 1/2-story, wood frame home on Colchester Street, MacDonald said.

The victim, whose name and age were not disclosed, was helped out of the building by a neighbor and received treatment from emergency personnel at the scene, McDonald said. She was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, MacDonald said.

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The state medical examiner will determine the cause of death, MacDonald said.

The woman lived in the home with a man, who was unaccounted for until about 8:40 p.m., when he was found outside the home, MacDonald said.

The two-alarm fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes.

The extensive damage to the home was estimated at $150,000, MacDonald said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, and is under investigation by the Boston Fire Department, Boston police, and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, MacDonald said.

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