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Woman Dies In East Sydney House Fire

An elderly woman has died and her husband has suffered smoke inhalation following a house fire in Sydney's eastern suburbs, with the couple's neighbour woken by an early-morning dog walker banging on her door telling her to get out.

Fire crews raced to a Waverley home on Carrington Road about 6.30am on Thursday to find the semi-detached residence well-alight, with the fire spreading to the neighbouring home.

A woman was found dead inside and a man found outside was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital suffering smoke inhalation, NSW Police said in a statement.

A relative of the pair arrived at the badly damaged home several hours later and broke down in the street.

"What a day, what a day," the neighbour told AAP.

She says she was woken up by a dog walker knocking on her door telling her "to get out" of her home.

The blaze, which burnt through the roof of the couple's home also spread to the roof of the neighbouring property, a Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman told AAP.

The busy road has been shut down with numerous police cars and six fire crews at the scene.

The fire investigation unit and police are investigating the cause of the blaze.


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