LUNENBURG -- An 85-year-old man died Thursday after a fire at his Rennie Street home earlier in the day.
Andre Forest died after being taken to the HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reported, citing the Worcester District Attorney's Office.
The District Attorney's Office and the state Fire Marshal's Office could not be reached late Thursday night for confirmation of Forest's death.
The fire broke out at 11:46 a.m. at 9 Rennie St. Lunenburg Firefighter Austin Flagg was the first responder on the scene, said Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan.
Flagg pulled the victim from the home with the assistance of a bystander, said Sullivan.
Neighbors told the Telegram & Gazette that Forest, a diabetic, had lost abilities in one leg and had toes on his other foot amputated. He was found unconscious at the rear of the house.
The home, which was described as a one-story ranch, was left uninhabitable by the fire. The Lunenburg Fire Department said the home suffered more than $80,000 in damage.
Firefighters from Fitchburg and Leominster assisted with the call. The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes. No fire personnel were injured.
Firefighters from Shirley and Townsend covered the Lunenburg fire station during the incident.
The state Fire Marshal's Office, the Lunenburg police and fire departments, and the Worcester District Attorney's Office are investigating.
Reporter Katina Caraganis and photographer John Love contributed to this report.