- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An East Providence woman who uses a wheelchair and her dog have died in a house fire.

Fire Chief Oscar Elmasian tells the Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1Lhoz1t ) that a passer-by saw flames coming from the woman’s house at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and honked a car horn to alert neighbors.

Elmasian says neighbors rushed outside to rescue the woman, whose name has not been made public.

Firefighters say they found the unresponsive woman inside the house, with her golden retriever curled up next to her. The woman was later pronounced dead.

The chief says the fire had been building for a while, and it was difficult to bring it under control.

The cause remains under investigation.

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