WORCESTER, MASS. >> Fire officials say an elderly couple died in a blaze that ripped through their home in central Massachusetts over the weekend.

The fire was first reported at the single-family home in Worcester around 8 p.m. Sunday. Flames were visible at one point from a second-story window and later could be seen jutting out from the roof.

Deputy Fire Chief John Sullivan says the couple was removed from the home and taken to a nearby hospital, where they both succumbed to their injuries.

Sullivan says about 30 firefighters helped extinguish the blaze rather quickly, but weren't able to get the couple out in time.

The four-bedroom house, built in 1940, is considered a total loss.

An investigation to determine the fire's cause is ongoing.