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87-year-old woman killed in Mesa mobile home fire

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MESA, Ariz. -

A fire ripped through a mobile home Thursday morning and the woman who lived in the home didn't make it out alive.

The woman's neighbor tried to rescue her, but the flames were too intense.

Cell phone video captured the raging flames that tore through the home around 8 a.m.  It was an inferno by the time fire crews arrived at the scene near Greenfield Road and Main Street.

Lynn Evans lives next door and rushed over, trying to save his neighbor of 40 years -- an 87-year-old widow who lived alone.

"And so I went around to her bedroom window -- broke it open -- some of the smoke cleared and I could see her in there laying on the bed -- and I was screaming all the time at her and there was no response. Just shortly after that, the whole bedroom engulfed in flame..and at that point I knew there was nothing I could do," he said.

Neighbors say the double-wide mobile home went up so quickly, there was nothing anyone could do.

Firefighters found the woman's body in the living room.

"It's terrible..older lady..she lived by herself here and relied on her neighbors to be able to help her out when she needed it," said Al Janus.

Evans says the woman who died was hard of hearing and may not have been able to hear the smoke detectors.  

He and his wife recently helped put up Christmas lights and decorations at her home -- something they did every year since the victim's husband passed away.

"She lived for Christmas. She always wanted to make one more Christmas. And I guess you could say she did because she got all of her decorations up," said Evans.

Forrest Smith of the Mesa Fire Department says, "Investigators are looking into a possible source which may include a space heater in close proximity of flammable items in the bedroom, overloaded circuits that included use of two space heaters in the trailer along with multiple holiday lights."

The victim has a daughter and grandson that live in the valley.

Fire investigators were on the scene for much of the day and are still looking into what caused the fire.

The woman's name was not released.

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