Investigators believe piles of newspapers & debris hindered woman's escape from fire
POSTED: Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 10:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A deadly fire erupted in a home in Davie, Florida Saturday morning killing an elderly woman that officials believe may have been a hoarder.
The Davie Police Department said firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze but found the woman dead inside, lying near the door.
"It appears she was overcome by the smoke and was unable to make it through to the door and exit the residence safely," Police Captain Dale Engle said.
Fire officials spent the morning clearing the home of debris and a slew of newspapers that littered the home.
Engle said it appears the woman was a hoarder.
He said the woman used a walker to move around but the walker was not by the door where she was found.
The victim has not yet been identified.
Authorities responded to the home after reports of smoke emanating from a house shortly before 7 a.m., police said.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The incident remains under investigation.