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Scituate woman killed in early morning fire

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By: Dee DeQuattro

Reporting by: Melissa Randall

A Scituate family is grieving the loss of their mother. A family spokesperson confirmed to ABC6 News that Erika Guilmain was killed during an early morning fire Wednesday. The woman became trapped inside her burning home on Silk Lane and was unable to get out. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It's hard to see somebody who had such a big heart be gone," said Jennifer Mattar, the girlfriend of Guilmain's son.

The fire broke out around 1 AM and quickly swept through the home.

"Fortunately two other family members that were in the house at the time of the fire were able to get out of the building- coming out a second floor window- then jumping," said Jack Chartier, State Fire Marshal.

The woman's adult daughter and her boyfriend escaped unharmed, but couldn't get back in to save Guilmain. The 63-year-old's body was found on the first floor- a short distance from where investigators believe the fire started.

"She spent her life taking care of other people and always giving- thinking of others before herself," said Mattar of Guilmain. "Sadness is an understatement. It's completely tragic."

Mutual aid was called in from several surrounding towns to help the North Scituate fire department put out the flames.

A firefighter suffered from minor injuries while working to extinguish the fire. He was transported to the hospital to be treated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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