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Woman found dead inside burned apartment

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PHOENIX -

Intense flames engulfed an apartment and claimed the life of a woman on Saturday morning.

Firefighters didn't discover the body until the fire was out.

Police haven't identified the person who died, but neighbors say she was well known around the apartment complex.

"You could see the flames coming out of the door," said Glen Williams, a neighbor.

Williams says he woke up around 2 a.m., to people banging on doors, alerting residents to a fire in apartment nearby.

"Me and a couple of people grabbed fire extinguishers and walked toward the door. We couldn't get no further than the wall because fire was coming out of the roof of the building," said Williams.

The fire started in a first floor apartment at the Sonoma Vista Apartments near 19th Avenue and Butler.

Firefighters got there roughly two minutes after the 911 call.

They say the walkway on the second floor was already on fire.

Firefighters initially got a call someone may have been trapped on the second floor.

When they got there, those people were alright. It was only later that they discovered the body of the woman in the first floor apartment.

"No one had reported there was a person inside that apartment so we just discovered the victim as we extinguished the fire, putting out hotspots," said Phoenix Fire Dept. Capt. Tony Mure.

"It is a small community, everybody knows her," said Pete Dorris.

Dorris says he used to live in the apartment above the woman.

"She used to always come up, sit on the porch when I was out there."She's a nice old lady. She didn't mean no harm to anybody, just didn't have nobody to talk to," said Dorris.

"It's a terrible thing, she was a beautiful woman," said Rick Lingenfelter, a neighbor.

The woman has not been identified.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

No one else was injured in the fire.

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