Woman Dies in Boothwyn House Fire as Husband Tries to Save Her

Friends and family are mourning a grandmother who died during a house fire in Boothwyn, Delaware County Sunday as her husband desperately tried to save her.

Officials say the woman was alone inside her home on Blueball and Malatesta avenues around 5:30 p.m. when the fire began.

Neighbors told NBC10 the woman's husband was close by and was frantically screaming her name as he tried to get inside and save her. He was burned however and was later taken to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center. [[369608881, C]]

Between 75 to 100 firefighters arrived at the scene but they were unable to get inside the home in time.

"[There was] intensive heat on the first floor and you could feel the heat all the way across the street," said Upper Chichester Township Fire Chief Michael Byrne.

Officials say the woman was found dead on the second floor at the top of the stairs.

"It's very painful," said Ruth Moton, a neighbor of the victim. "Especially when just a half hour prior to that I saw her with her beautiful blonde hair out playing with her grandchild. Then to see her on a stretcher."

Neighbors told NBC10 the woman had lived in the home for about 20 years before Sunday's deadly fire.

"It's just really hard," said Patricia Davis, a family friend. "I've been knowing her for over 20 years. My son and her son are best friends and kind of inseparable."

This is the second tragedy the woman's family has dealt with in the past few years. Her daughter died two years ago, according to loved ones.

Officials continued to investigate the cause of the fire.

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