An 83-year-old retired Army civilian worker died in a Staten Island house fire early Monday after a desperate attempt to escape, police and neighbors said.

Carolyn Samuel, 83, was found in the kitchen of her two-story home on Driggs St. near Wilman Ave. in Great Kills, said neighbor Anthony Fezza.

The blaze started around 4 a.m. and went to three alarms just before 5 a.m., officials said.

Samuel’s distraught son, Michael Samuel, rushed to the scene early Monday, holding back tears as a friend patted his back to console him. He crossed the yellow tape, even as a police officer asked him to stay back.

A woman died in a Staten Island house fire early Monday, police said.

“This is my mother’s house. I’m her son,” he said before walking away with two women.

His brother-in-law, Larry Nelson, 59, said Michael Samuel arrived from Arizona as soon as he heard the news.

“When I got here, it was blowing out the windows. The firehouse is right around the corner. She was in the back room,” Nelson said.

Carolyn Samuel, 83, who died in a fire at her home was found in the kitchen of her two-story home on Driggs St. near Wilman Ave. in Great Kills.

Neighbors said clutter in the home may have played a role in her death.

Fezza said he heard what sounded like hail hitting his roof just before 4 a.m. He looked outside, saw the flames and ran for a hose.

“I took the hose. I tried to slow the fire down,” he said.

Nine firefighters suffered minor injuries and went to a nearby hospital, an FDNY spokesman said.

"I think I did enough to keep the fire on that side. Otherwise this house would had gotten burned too.I did my house and then I went to her house. I kept going back and forth.”

Samuel was found unconscious on the first floor, cops said. She died at the scene.

“They found her in the back, in the kitchen, trying to get out,” Fezza said.

Firefighters put out the fire — which engulfed both levels of the house — by 7 a.m.

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