North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say a 73-year-old woman is dead after a fire early Monday morning at a home in the 2800 block of Boys Road.

Sergeant Chris Swain says fire fighters were called out around 4:00am.

Swain says the victim lived alone in the home.

He says the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but there’s nothing at this time to suggest it was suspicious.

The victim’s name has not been released.