SOMERVILLE — Local and county officials are investigating what led to a weekend house fire that may have claimed the life of a 68-year-old woman.

At approximately 6:42 a.m. Sunday morning, Somerville officials responded to a 911 call about smoke coming from a residence on West Cliff Street. Responding firefighters discovered a small fire at the rear of the first floor of the single-family home, and a small fire in the basement.

After extinguishing the fires, firefighters discovered an unresponsive female. She was removed from the residence but was pronounced dead at the scene following attempts to save her life by medical personnel, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said.

A cause and origin of the first-alarm fire has not yet been determined, the prosecutor's office said, noting that an investigation into the incident is ongoing. In addition, an examination will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of the woman's death.

Anyone with information related to this matter is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, or the Somerville Police Department at 908-725-0331.

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