(Source: Colton Shone / CBS 5 News) Mesa firefighters said an elderly woman was found dead after a fire inside this mobile home.
MESA, AZ (CBS5) -
Mesa firefighters said an elderly woman was found dead after a fire inside a mobile home.
The woman was first found on the floor of the living room area in her mobile home by a neighbor whose rescue efforts were turned away by the excessive smoke and flames.
The neighbor, Lynn Evans, said the front door was locked and he tried to break through the mobile home's Arcadia doors, but a broomstick prevented him from gaining immediate entry. Evans said he eventually broke through the doors and then got down on his hands and knees to find the woman, but couldn't because of the heat.
Evans said the woman, believed to be in her 80s, was a widow who had lived there for 35 years.
The fire happened just after 8:30 a.m. near Greenfield Road and Main Street in Mesa, according to Forrest Smith of the Mesa Fire Department.
The cause of the fire was under investigation, Smith said. It is believed to have started in the bedroom, fire officials said. Investigators are looking into such possible causes as a space heater in close proximity of flammable items in the bedroom, overloaded circuits that included use of two space heaters in the trailer, along with multiple holiday lights.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.
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