Woman dead following fire in Haverhill


HAVERHILL (MyFoxBoston.com) – A woman died following a fire in Haverhill Monday.

The fire broke out late Monday morning at a home at 41 Brickett Hill Circle.

The woman's name has not been released. The fire is being investigated by Haverhill fire and police, and state police working with the state fire marshal and Essex County district attorney.

Video from SkyFox showed scorched siding around a window on the home's second floor. The home appeared to be part of a townhouse complex.

The Essex County district attorney's office says this is the eighth death in connection with a fire in the state since the beginning of the year.

The Boston Globe reports there were 37 fire fatalities last year, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Fire Services. Annual totals listed on the DFS website for the previous five years range from 61 to 36.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan is urging people to keep a 3-feet area clear around heating appliances and to check that smoke alarms are working.