Elderly woman killed, husband critically injured in house fire in Old Town Alexandria

An elderly woman is dead and her husband is fighting for his life after fire swept through their townhome in Old Town Alexandria.

The fire was reported on South Pitt Street just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. It was believed to have started on the upper level of the home.

The was hospitalized in critical condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Officials say some dogs and cats in the home were rescued. Drivers can expect delays in the area.