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Dog Dies Owner Fire

December 6, 2011 by staff 

Dog Dies Owner Fire, Neighbors said an elderly Methuen woman died Sunday while trying to save her dog after her house caught fire.

“If Otis was missing, she wouldn’t leave without him. No way. No way,” said neighbor Kelly Simon.

The fire started at the Lynndale Avenue single-family home about 2 a.m. Sunday, engulfing much of the residence before firefighters got there and claiming the life of Marcelle McKee, 79.

“They found her near the front door and her dog in the living room. So many of us have said we don’t doubt that she would have gone to look for her dog, because he was her life,” said Lori Gangi.

Neighbors said the fire was fast-moving and intense. The heat was so fierce it melted the front end of a car in the driveway.

“It was coming out of every window and the entire north end of the building was in flames, so a lot of radiant heat there,” said Methuen Deputy Chief Charles Ripley.

McKee, who was well known and loved in the neighborhood, had been through a lot recently, neighbors said.

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