Firefighters find elderly woman dead in home

Posted: 07/07/13 at 5:30 pm EDT      Last Updated: 07/07/13 at 6:11 pm EDT

CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) -- Firefighters found an elderly woman dead in her Chelsea home after neighbors reported they hadn't seen her in a few days.

Authorities say firefighters had responded to a small electrical fire before neighbors asked them to check on the woman around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Suffolk District Attorney's Office spokesman Jake Wark says investigators are now probing the circumstances of her death.

The woman lived on Washington Avenue and was in her late 80s or early 90s.

Authorities say the fire wasn't suspicious and wasn't believed to be connected with the woman's death.

Wark says the medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of the victim's death.

But he says people should check on elderly neighbors and family because of the area's heat wave.

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