Investigators are trying to determine what started a house fire early Wednesday.
No one was injured in the fire at 23 Highland St. The lone occupant awoke to a crackling noise and fled the flames, Fire Marshal Robert Grimaldi said. The woman had been staying at the home, he said, and the resident was away.
A call about the fire came in about 2:25 a.m. The woman awoke to the crackling sounds and saw what looked like a bright light, he said.
When firefighters arrived, they found the fire both outside and inside the house. It had started on the ground level and climbed up the outside wall, burning under the eaves, Grimaldi said. It also got into the attic.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, the fire department said.
Noting that it wasn't a smoke detector that woke up the woman, Grimaldi stressed the importance of having working smoke detectors on all floors.