SHREWSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say an 86-year-old man has died in a house fire in Shrewsbury the chief says was difficult to fight because of a large amount of material in the home and a maze-like layout.

Chief James Vuona tells The Telegram & Gazette ( that resident Richard Hosking had to be rescued by firefighters and died later Wednesday night at the hospital.

His wife, 85,-year-old Anne Hosking, got out on her own but was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and is expected to survive.

He says firefighters who entered the home were hampered not only by thick black smoke, but a large amount of accumulated belongings and a complicated floor layout.

The cause remains under investigation. The state Fire Marshal's office is assisting.