AUBURN, Wash. – Firefighters say an elderly woman died in a morning house fire in Auburn.
The fire broke out in the single family residence at the corner of M Street and 24th Street SE at about 3:45 a.m.
When firefighters from Valley Regional Fire Authority arrived on the scene they saw the house was fully engulfed in flames and smoke.
It’s believed the fire began in the back of the house.
Firefighters entered the home but were forced out by the intensity of the fire and the possibility the roof was about to collapse.
A neighbor told KING 5 News that a woman, possibly in her 70s, lived alone in the residence. The neighbor said he never saw the woman come out of the house.
"We know an elderly woman lives there. We told the firemen her bedroom was in the back end, in the back," said Keith Reed.
When firefighters finally entered the burned structure they found the body of a woman in the kitchen area.
"When we arrived on location of something like this we want to go in and rescue the person and have a good outcome and try to save a life," said Valley Regional Battalion Chief Kevin Olson. "Unfortunately that wasn't possible tonight."
The 1,500 square foot rambler is a total loss.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.