Suffield officials are investigating after a fast-moving fire killed a woman Wednesday night.
Flames broke out at the Mapleton Avenue home just before 7 p.m., and the victim's boyfriend and her mother were able to escape.
"I don't see any way they could have gotten out," neighbor Ron Ostrowski said.
Ostrowski said upon smelling smoke, his first thought was that someone was burning brush, but it turned out to be the house next to his.
Town records show the home, built in 1915, is owned by Patricia Skies. Neighbors said Skies and her daughter Christina lived there along with Christina's boyfriend.
Ostrowski said a Suffield police officer tried to break the door down but couldn't.
"He tried to knock it down, he said to no avail. Even with all his weight against it, he had to back off," he said.
Two neighbors brought over a ladder and used it to get the mother and boyfriend out. The man said that his girlfriend was still inside.
They were brought to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield to be treated for smoke inhalation.
With the flames ripping through the first and second floor, it took firefighters more than three hours to get the fire under control. When they were finally able to get inside, that's when they discovered the body on the second floor.
Early Thursday morning state and local fire investigators searched the home.
Ostrowski said he heard the victim and her boyfriend were planning on getting married soon.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:06:51 GMT
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