Woman killed in Sunnyvale house fire on Central Avenue

June 18, 2013 12:13:53 PM PDT
One person was found dead in a single-family home that caught fire early Tuesday morning.

The department received a report at 6:04 a.m. of smoke in the 200 block of Central Avenue at East Evelyn Avenue in Sunnyvale.

Firefighters are continuing their investigation into what started this fire that ended with one woman dying inside the home.

Cell phone video taken by neighbors captured the moment when firefighters realized this wasn't just a routine fire call.

The flames were shooting out of windows, engulfing the approximately 800 to 900 square-foot home. After about 10 minutes of putting water on the flames firefighters made a tragic discovery.

"Upon entrance into the residence we found a body lying in the kitchen that had been deceased," Sunnyvale Fire Department Battalion Chief Carl Rushmeyer said.

Neighbors woke up to pounding on their doors by emergency crews. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to the adjacent homes.

The woman who lived at the home is described as a caring person who held a weekly prayer meeting and took care of an ailing father.

"We're all really tight here, so we'll be getting together you know, celebrating each other and her," a neighbor named Michelle said.

The coroner is expected to arrive at the home and will help in identifying the victim and also the cause of death.


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