1 person killed in Littleton house fire

Posted: 10/03/12 at 1:50 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/03/12 at 5:52 pm EDT

LITTLETON, Mass. (WHDH) -- The state fire marshal confirmed one person was killed in a house fire in Littleton on Wednesday.

The person died in the basement of the home.

The fire happened on Lake Warren Drive around 1 p.m. The road was blocked off for hours and residents were ordered out of their homes.

“There clearly was indication early on by the 911 calls and upon arrival, the fire department, that there was an odor of gas,” said Stephen Coan, State Fire Marshal.

Investigators say a fire was ignited in the basement.

“There was a smell of gas that we discovered while firefighters were making entry into the building,” said acting Fire Chief Steele McCurdy, Littleton Fire Department.

All firefighters were ordered out of the building due to the smell of gas.

“About an hour into the incident we were able to get back into the building. The fire appeared to have extinguished itself,” said acting Fire Chief McCurdy.

“The investigative team is looking at the issue of gas being present in the home. That’s part of the investigation along with other possible scenarios,” said Fire Marshal Coan.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.

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