A fatal house fire on Saturday night has both Tucson Fire and Tucson Police investigators searching for the cause. The fire happened around 11:30 Saturday night and killed 42 year old Stephanie Floyd.
The smoke was thick in the south-side home, in the 1900 block of west Calle Cielo de Oro, when Tucson Fire Department arrived. As investigators search for answers, neighbors deal with the loss of the woman who lived there.
"Shocked. I just did not believe that she was gone," said Joel Schluter, who lives across the street. He said that he had no problem leaving his grandson with Stephanie Floyd. He said that she used to have a daycare and was trusted with many children.
"He loved it over there. She had it set up for kids of all ages," Schluter said.
Tucson Fire Department Capt. Jeff Langejans said that smoke was the greatest threat from the fire. He also said that while the smoke alarms appeared to have been functional, they were so damaged by heat that they were no longer working.
"The first unit on scene, it didn't appear like we had a huge fire problem. And once they entered the front door, they found smoke banked almost all the way down to the floor," Capt. Langejans said. He added that the origin of the fire appeared to be in the kitchen, and that Floyd was found in a room nearby.
"She'll be missed very greatly in this neighborhood," Schluter said.
An autopsy on Monday could provide more information for the investigation.
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