An elderly woman has died following a house fire just east of the downtown core.

Fire crews say they responded to the blaze in a single-detached home at 80 Sterling Street, near Oxford St and Adelaide, around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived on scene, fire fighters spotted

smoke coming from the home. That’s when the property’s front window burst from the heat.

Fire crews also found two cats inside the Sterling St. home who had perished in the blaze. Once inside, Fire Investigator James Hind tells AM980 crews found an unconscious 85-year-old woman. She was transported to hospital by Middlesex London EMS, but city police say she was later pronounced dead.

Her identity has not been released.

Hind says they believe the fire started on the main floor of the home, but an official cause has not been determined at this time although they don’t believe it to be suspicious.

An Ontario Fire Marshall is on their way from Midhurst to aid in the investigation.

Hind also pointed out that fire crews didn’t find any working smoke detectors in the home.

Damage from the blaze is estimated at $110,000.

Source: Elderly Woman Dies Following House Fire | (CFPL AM) AM 980