Woman, 73, who died in house fire had working smoke detectors - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman, 73, who died in house fire had working smoke detectors

(WMC-TV) – A community is hoping for answers after a house fire killed their 73-year-old neighbor.

Investigators say there were three working smoke alarms in Becky Daniels home on Walker Springs Drive.

Daniels was found dead after her home caught fire Sunday morning.

"She was very sweet. She was very attractive. Very friendly and she dressed up to the nines every time I went up there, she had makeup and jewelry on and was very talkative. I'm sorry this had to happen," said Daniels' neighbor and friend, Phyllis Huls.

Action News 5 is told that someone walking in the neighborhood saw smoke coming from the roof and back of the home.

The fire department says when they got the call, Daniels' home had already been burning for some time.

"People couldn't go out to church or come back in. The firemen were working diligently to save her and her home. I saw the body bag come out, which I don't know that I'll ever forget that," said Huls. "She was a widow. She lost her husband to cancer a couple years ago."

While most of the damage was to the interior of the house, neighbors are now wondering why she had to die when three of her smoke detectors were working.

"Trust in the Lord, one step at a time. He'll get us through this. That's all I can do," said Huls.

Investigators still do not know what caused the fire. They believe Daniels may have died from smoke inhalation.

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