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Woman dead following house fire in Saskatoon

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A woman is dead following an early morning house fire in the city's Westview neighbourhood.

According to police, officers were called to a home in the 2000 block of 37th Street West around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Officers tried to find any residents but the home was engulfed in flames, Saskatoon Police Service said in a news release.

Firefighters arriving on scene saw smoke and flames coming out of a front window, according to a fire department news release.

As crews fought the fire, the woman was found dead in the house.

The woman was 79 years old and foul play is not suspected, police said.

Darlene Klyne lives a few doors down. She told CTV News that flames were "leaping" out of the building.

“It’s very tragic, I knew who the woman was. I didn’t know her really personally, but I knew who she was so it’s awful," Klyne said.

"Can’t imagine how her family must feel to find out that she was gone today." 

--With files from Tyler Barrow

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