NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Crews found a badly burned body under the debris of a home that caught fire on Leisure Lane late Tuesday night.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office confirmed the remains found have been identified as Cherie Bryan Hansen, 57.
Machinery was used on Wednesday to search for the remains of a New Port Richey woman who fire officials believed was unable to escape from her burning home on Tuesday.
The woman was feared dead after fire engulfed her home on the 5500 block of Leisure Lane around 6 p.m.
Daniel Datema says he just moved down from Michigan to help the woman and her husband clean up the property after suffering damage during Hurricane Irma.
Fire officials described it as a “hoarder house,” saying it will be a long a tedious process to work through the debris.
Datema says the couple lived on the second level of the home.
The second floor completely collapsed onto the first and that issue is slowing the process, according to New Port Richey Fire Chief Shawn Whited.
News Channel 8 is withholding the name of the woman given by Datema until fire officials contact next of kin.
Datema says he went to the pharmacy and gas station with the woman’s husband only to return 15 minutes later with the house on fire. Datema says firefighters and Pasco County sheriff’s deputies were already on the scene.
Datema said he didn’t know of any physical problems that would’ve hindered the woman from getting out of the home.
Two tenants who lived on the first level escaped during the fire. One went back in to try to save the woman and a dog, but the flames were too hot.
Firefighters tried to fight the fire from the inside but also turned back because of the danger.
Officials say there is currently no indication of suspicious activity.
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