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Elderly woman dies following house fire in northwest Calgary

WATCH: A house fire in northwest Calgary on Friday night has taken the life of an elderly woman. Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports.

A woman in her 70s is dead following a northwest Calgary house fire Friday night.

According to EMS, the woman was pulled from the house and transported to hospital in critical, life-threatening condition.

Calgary police have confirmed to Global News that the woman succumbed to her injuries.

The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) responded to the call at a home in the 2200 block of 9 Avenue N.W. just after 8 p.m.

Crews started to attack the fire via a broken window in the front of the house, before gaining entry through a side door, according to a news release.

District chief Tom Caves said firefighters knocked down the blaze quickly and found the woman unconscious.

“At that time they started CPR until EMS arrived, then the patient was transported over to EMS,” Caves said.

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He added that the fire was contained to a single bedroom.

EMS continued to perform CPR during transport to hospital.

According to CFD, another resident who lived at the home was not there at the time of the fire.

A fire investigator remained on scene on Saturday morning, and the investigation is ongoing.

A woman in her 70s died following a northwest Calgary house fire Friday night.
A woman in her 70s died following a northwest Calgary house fire Friday night. Global News

Dave Custer lives two doors down from the scene and has known the homeowner since 1979.

“We noticed flashing lights in the alley and all the fire trucks came to the front,” he said.

“It’s very tragic. Very, very sad.

“She would always do our walks,” Custer said. “She’s a great person, a really friendly person. She’d always ask what our boys are doing even though they’re grown up now.”

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– With files from Carolyn Kury de Castillo and Kaylen Small

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