Firefighters made a gruesome discovery early Tuesday – the body of a woman inside the kitchen of a burned out Sunnyvale home, authorities said.
Sunnyvale Battalion Chief Carl Rushmeyer said firefighters responded to a call of a house on fire in the 200 block of Central Ave. at around 6 a.m.
“We arrived on the scene and we had fire and smoke coming out all the doors and windows of the residence,” Rushmeyer said. “We made an aggressive knockdown of the fire and when we got into the residence we found the body of a woman in the kitchen area.”
A next-door neighbor who only wanted her first name of Michelle used said firefighters had little chance of a rescue.
“There was complete engulfment,” she said. “There were massive orange flames shooting all the way to the sidewalk…The whole house was completely engulfed. “
She said the woman who lived in the home was in her mid-50s, well liked and lived alone.
“This is a close-knit neighborhood,” she said. “If it was her, she will be missed.”
Investigators were called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire and also the cause of the woman’s death.
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