Woman found dead in condo fire

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- It wasn't the fire that woke people up at around 3:30 Sunday morning near 30th Avenue and Thunderbird.
 
“The dogs were really restless and they were barking and it didn't make sense and so I thought I'd peek out the window,” said neighbor Sally Stites.
 
What she saw was her neighbor's home fully engulfed in flames.
 
“It looked like it was getting ready to blow up over there," Stites added.
 
Two people were in the home at the time of the fire.
 
“Saw the girl that lives there sitting down the street,” said Stites. “I asked if everything was OK, did everybody get out and she said no.”
 
“She was found by the window, so we do believe she was up, we believe she was trying to exit the premises,” said Captain Jonathan Jacobs with the Phoenix Fire Department.
 
What made exiting tough, Captain Jacobs believes, was all the smoke, the fact that she was a visitor and unfamiliar with the home, and that she he had a broken leg.

It's believed the two women were making a late night snack, but fell asleep and left everything on.

The woman who died is believed to be between 35 and 40 years old.
 
“At this time it doesn't look like a suspicious fire, looks like an accidental fire, looks like a bad chain of events that occurred and some were preventable,” said Captain Jacobs.
 
If the home had a working smoke detector Captain Jacobs said everybody would've known about this fire sooner because an alarm would have gone off.
 
After identifying the woman who died in the fire, Phoenix police released information stating the woman’s estranged husband was found dead June 8, 2012 somewhere near Gila Bend.

Police said his death investigation is being handled by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and that there is no known connection between the two deaths.