Woman found 'burned beyond recognition' in house fire on Detroit's northwest side

Neighbors attempt rescue using hammer
Posted at 9:21 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 23:15:49-04

Authorities say one person was killed in a house fire on Detroit's northwest side. 

The victim was a 44-year-old woman who was found on the second floor of the home at 171714 Hartwell Street. Firefighters found her "burned beyond recognition."

Neighbors in the area attempted to rescue the woman from the home's second floor by using a hammer and a water hose from a yard. They were unable to save the woman but were able to remove her 14-year-old daughter from the home safely. 

Authorities are saying the fire started on the first floor of the home.  

The identity of the woman has not been released as fire officials are still investigating.