New Rochelle fire victim identified

Fire officials say Loretta Wood died in a massive blaze at her New Rochelle home.

Fire officials say Loretta Wood died in a massive blaze at her New Rochelle home. (7/18/16)

NEW ROCHELLE - A 55-year-old woman is dead after a fast-moving fire ripped through a New Rochelle home overnight Monday.

Fire officials say Loretta Wood died in a massive blaze at her home at 10 Hamilton Ave. They say the blaze broke out around 11:30 p.m. and quickly engulfed the entire house.

Police officers say that when they arrived on the scene, they heard people inside yelling for help.

Officers were able to locate two men and help them to safety.

Firefighters desperately tried to find Wood, but the flames were too intense. They say the third floor eventually collapsed into the second floor.

Firefighters hours later found Wood in a bedroom on the second floor.

On Monday night, the community gathered across the street from the scene of the fire for a prayer in Wood's honor. Her younger brother says Wood was one of five siblings and a breast cancer survivor.

According to officials, it was the first deadly fire in New Rochelle since 2008.

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Donations for family of New Rochelle fire victim

Donations could be made to the Gospel Tabernacle Church of Christ in New Rochelle. Please make checks payable to Frances Wood. 

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