- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

NATICK, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a woman has died in a morning fire at a Natick home.

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey say 73-year-old Carol McCarthy was found unresponsive inside the burning home around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

McCarthy was taken to Leonard Morse Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Authorities say she was the only person inside the home.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Officials say it appears the smoke alarms in the home weren’t working.

Authorities say this is the 12th fire-related death in the state this year. They say many of the cases have involved a lack of working smoke alarms.

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