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QFD investigates fatal house fire

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"Call the Fire Department, Call 9-1-1 now," said Jamie Brooks, neighbor to the victim.

Jamie Brooks says he was doing his laundry just before eleven Tuesday night, when he went to close his window. That's when he noticed clouds of black smoke coming from his neighbor's house.

“I thought that camper was on fire and then I saw it was that window in there. So, I shot over here running and I could not get that door open for anything. And, I worked on her house and that door will open easy but I couldn't get it open. So, I got a board to knock the top part out, then it was kind of roaring and it was too much," said Jamie Brooks, neighbor to the victim.

Firefighters then arrived on the scene, entered the house, and found the woman who lived there dead.

Deputy Chief Steve Salrin of the Quincy Fire Department says the investigation is ongoing.

“We have investigators that are certified. Quincy Police Department also has fire investigators as well. So, they were called we typically work pretty well with them. We work in conjunction with them that way if there is anything, a criminal issue, or anything like that suspicious. Of course, PD would take over on that side of it," said Deputy Chief Steve Salrin, Quincy Fire Department.

Salrin says they are getting closer to determining the cause of the fire.

"Once we clear the scene, that typically tells us as far as the investigation of contents and the home itself that's pretty much completed. Interviews still may take place but for the most part, we are pretty much done at this point," said Deputy Chief Steve Salrin, Quincy Fire Department.

Brooks says he often did handy work for his neighbor, they spoke daily. He says he will miss her.

"I had a little love in my heart for her, so you know God Bless her," said Jamie Brooks, neighbor to the victim.

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Jayda Hill

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