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Enfield woman dies in structure fire on North Applegate Rd.

State Police say that on Sunday at approximately 12:40 p.m. firefighters were called to 344 North Applegate Road for a structure fire.

Trumansburg Fire Company, Mecklenburg Fire Company, Newfield Fire Company, and Ithaca Fire Department assisted, according to Troopers, who say that a 72-year-old female perished in the fire.

Troopers said a neighbor called 911, but was not sure if anyone was inside the home at the time of the call.

The first trooper that arrived on scene observed heavy flames and smoke coming from the residence. That officer also attempted to enter the home, but could not do so safely.

Enfield Fire Department quickly arrived and battled the flames with the assistance of other departments afterward.

Investigators from the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and the New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit were on scene.

Troopers were assisted by New York State Park Police, Trumansburg Village Police and New York State Environmental Conservation Police.

The deceased was identified as Helen Freelove, 72, of Enfield. She was taken to Lourdes Hospital where an autopsy will be performed.

At this point no determination has been made about the cause of the fire, according to troopers.

Credit: WENY-TV

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