DETROIT (WXYZ) - An elderly Detroit woman was killed in an afternoon fire on the city's west side Sunday.
Family members tell Action News Myrtle Howard, 83, died after being trapped in her house in the 22-hundred block of Monterey.
Neighbors tried to rescue Howard when they saw the smoke, but were unable to reach her in her back bedroom. "We kicked the door in and were trying to go up and get her because I knew she was up in there" said Jerome Ransom.
Ransom, his brother and another neighbor were unable to get past the living room because of the heavy smoke. "it just choked us immediately, choked us back," said Mixon Golson, "There wasn't a fire, just black smoke. We couldn't see nothing. Absolutely nothing. We tried crawling on the floor and we couldn't even get in on the floor."
A fire captain also tried to enter the house, but was kept back by the flames. By the time crews reached Howard, it was too late.
Investigators are working to determine a cause for the fire.