One woman dies in Marstons Mills fire

MARSTONS MILLS, Mass — A woman is dead following a house fire at 118 Lakeside Drive in the village of Marstons Mills, according to Barnstable Police.

Investigators say the fire does not appear suspicious.

“I want to extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and loved ones as they confront this tragedy,” said Fire Chief Michael Winn. “As we investigate the exact cause of last night’s fire, I also want to remind everyone in the community that working smoke alarms and home escape plans are some of the most valuable tools in surviving a fire.”

A passerby noticed the home was on fire and alerted authorities around 8 p.m., police said. When fire crews arrived, it was apparent the fire had been burning for some time, a department supervisor told Boston 25 News.

“Modern fires burn much faster than they did decades ago because of changes in construction and manufacturing, and you could have less than three minutes to escape,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “Working smoke alarms on every level of the home and a practiced home escape plan that includes two ways out can reduce your risk of injury or worse.”

It was not immediately clear if the victim lived in the home or was a visitor. Authorities said there were no emergency hospital transports from the home and no reports of others who had to escape the fire. The name of the victim was not released.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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