Elderly woman dies in Houston's first fatal fire of the year

HOUSTON - Houston has had its first deadly fire of the year, the Houston Fire Department confirmed to Local 2.

Houston firefighters responded to a house fire on Octavia and Kashmere in northeast Houston around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were able to get into the front of the house, but when they went around back they could not get inside.

After the fire was put out, firefighters found the body of an elderly woman in the back of the house near the kitchen.

The victim was identified by the family as Rosie Salinas, 80. According to investigators, the woman lived alone.

This was the city's first deadly fire of 2014.

The fire department said firefighters plan to walk around the neighborhood to pass out safety information and talk with residents about the importance of having working smoke detectors, creating a home escape plan and fire prevention.

Fire officials are working to determine what caused the fire to start.

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