A Warwick woman was rescued from her burning home this morning but later died at the hospital. Neighbors identify the woman as 61-year-old Nancy Cadorette.
The fire broke out at the Spoffard Avenue home around 10 am. Firefighters spotted the column of smoke from the road as 9-1-1 calls came in.
When first responders arrived they were initially told everyone was safely out, but later learned a womand had gone back inside. Cadorette was pulled out of the burning home and taken to Rhode Island hospital with life threatening injuries.
Neighbors say Cadorette herself alerted them to the fire that was coming from a mattress leaning against the home. They say she made it out but went back in after a pet.
"And if she had just kept walking she would have been fine, but she went back into the house to get her dog and that's how she met her death," said landlord John Jizzarelli.
Jizzarelli says the dog, named Baby, was like a child to Cadorette. The dog also died in the fire.
Neighbors say they tried to help but the fire was too intense.
"The smoke was so thick and black that I had to turn around and come right back down," said second floor tenant Henry Libera.
Firefighters say it took them a while to put out the flames because the home was filled with debris and the drive way was lined with cars. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.