Fatal Fire in Niagara Falls (With Photos)

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM EDT

A 96-year-old woman has died after her home caught fire Tuesday morning in Niagara Falls.

Officials say Maryanne Laratta lived alone and was hard of hearing,therefore, she was unaware the smoke detectors were going off as she was sleeping in her home at 2753 Woodlawn Avenue.

It took 20 firefighters from the Niagara Falls Fire Department close to 30 minutes to put out the blaze.

Officials say the cause of the fire is electrical in nature.

"An electrical shortage in the wall of the first floor living room that spread up through the cold air return to a place right next to her bed," said Battalion Chief Daniel Ciszek, Niagara Falls Police Department.

Firefighters say a newspaper carrier reported smoke coming from the 2753 Woodlawn Avenue home around 6:21 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Officials estimate there is about 30 thousand dollars worth of damage.