MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A woman has been killed in a house fire in Mesa, and eight of her family members are now homeless.

A Mesa police officer also suffered from smoke inhalation as he attempted to save the victim.

The fire broke out early Saturday evening at a home near Power Road and Main Street.

[WATCH: Mesa house fire kills woman, leaves 8 temporarily homeless]

The woman who died was Cindy Freimuth, a cancer patient who only weighed 69 pounds. 

Her family tells us Freimuth, who had just turned 60, battled cancer for three years, but had recently decided to stop treatment.

Family members shared a recent photo with us.

She was found inside a bedroom. We're told she had mobility issues and needed a walker to get around.

"She couldn't escape," said Don Freimuth, Cindy's husband. "My sons tried to help her, but they couldn't. It was too much fire and too much smoke. And now she's gone."

A Mesa police officer suffered minor injuries while trying to rescue the woman, but was not able to reach her due to the flames and heavy smoke.

Eight other family members, including children, were able to escape the fire unharmed. But firefighters say the home is not safe to inhabit.

The Red Cross is working with the displaced family members.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but fire officials say it is not suspicious.

This fire comes on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Firefighters tell us that when the mercury shoots up, it changes the way they fight fires.

"When it starts getting warm and hot like today, we have work cycles for the firefighters, and we set up a rehab area where we make sure there are cooling fans and shade and water to make sure they get re-hydrated," explained John Locklin with Mesa Fire and Medical.

The Mesa home that burned was heavily damaged.

And while fire officials say it's not a "total loss," they say it will still take quite a bit of time and money to get it repaired.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Freimuth family.


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(12) comments

JF Conlon

Why on Earth would anyone allow a picture like this to be printed as "news"/ That poor woman is so obviously dying. Is this how her family members want to remember her? I don't understand this at all.

Paul Labiche

I agree. Totally unnecessary. unbelievable actually.


Who cares? they submitted the picture and either they don't care of they are realistic - this is how they saw her before death. She wasn't a 22 year old college grad anymore so why pretend she looked like she just got out of school?.


A woman just died and a family is homeless and all you are worried about is grammer? That’s just rude! Show Some empathy for This family instead of worrying over something so small.

R.i.p. to her. May God help them recover there home and give them strength in this hard time they lost a lot that day including a loved one.


Who are you to judge?



Big Rich

Rescuers Claiming the life of a woman battling cancer, the fire is believed to have started in a bedroom on the side of the house. .......Who writes this garbage?...Oh, took the "Staff of AZfamily" to slaughter the English language.


One woman died. Not one women. Tell your 2nd grader to stop writing your articles


Wow, you're really critical. And nasty about it too.


Simple English. Or maybe they don’t even speak, write, and understand the language. They’re obviously in the wrong business. My 6 year old daughter can write better than most of these “journalists”.

Paul Labiche

MAGA Mia is correct. It's good to be critical every now and then.


Then move on. Street john's slow today?

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