Woman dies in Norwalk house fire, hoarding conditions under investigation

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NORWALK — A 67-year-old Norwalk woman has died in a house fire Sunday morning. Officials said every room of her house was filled with junk.

Firefighters said that the fire started around 7 a.m. Sunday at 25 Bettswood Road in Norwalk. Officials said  they had great difficulty entering the home due to extreme hoarding conditions. On average the firefighters were waist deep in garbage.  In some rooms the trash went almost all the way up to the ceiling.

They had to climb on top of the junk to reach the woman upstairs, said firefighters. She was the only one home.

Firefighters say there were no working smoke detectors in the house at the time of the fire.

The woman was carried outside and firefighters began to perform CPR on the sidewalk, firefighters said. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

No firefighters were hurt though they had to operate in very dangerous conditions, officials said in a statement.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.