(02/24/14) - People in a Grand Blanc neighborhood are devastated after learning that an elderly woman died inside of her home that caught fire.
Firefighters were called to the home in the 200 block of Sawyer Street Monday afternoon. That's just a block from the Grand Blanc Fire Department.
Investigators say the woman killed is 79-year-old Lois Edwards.
The fire chief believes the fire may have started in the middle part of the house.
"I just looked over there and I saw a bunch of smoke just billowing from the house and at that time there was already a police officer at the scene," said Nicole Baier, a neighbor.
When firefighters rushed to the home, smoke was pouring out of the house very quickly.
By the time they tried to get the elderly woman out of the home, it was too late.
"I was kind of scared. I was hoping that she wasn't home, but I knew that she didn't leave that house that often, so she most likely was," Baier said.
Firefighters say they found the woman in the back of her house.
Norm Goodallm who was very close to herm lives next door. He says he always looked out for his neighbor.
"Very devastating," he said.
Fire officials say the home is at least a 175 years old and that made it even more difficult to put the fire out.
"We chased one side down to the other, we thought we had it knocked down pretty good and then it started at the front of the house," said fire chief Jim Harmes.
In the meantime, neighbors still can't get over the thought of losing someone this way.
"I'm sad. I cried when she passed away, even though I wasn't close to her, it's still sad to lose a neighbor," Baier said.
Chief Harmes says although his department has a pretty good understanding of the cause of the fire, the state fire marshal will be back Wednesday to make their ruling.
That fire is not believed to be suspicious.
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