Jul 4, 2011 6:16 PM by Shawn Kline
Monday morning, firefighters were still investigating a deadly fire that happened in Lafayette's River Ranch on Roswell Crossing off Settler's Trace and Biltmore Way. One woman died in the residence. Next door, Hansel Huval is out washing the soot off his front porch.
"The front of the house was totally engulfed in flames." Huval says, "when they put the flames out, then the smoke just started eminating from the house."
Tragically, his neighbor, 51-year-old Belinda Bass Schoeffler was unable to escape. Huval says the deadly fire could have easily spread to his home and throughout the neighborhood.
"Had we had a heavy wind, the homes are so close together and being a really dry season, we could've had a real disaster," Huval said.
A picture he took shows just how hot the flames were- spewing out the windows of his neighbor's master bedroom. Huval's home went unscathed but other neighboring homes experienced some damages but they were minor.
"The fire department was right on the scene." Huval says, "they came prepared for what could have been disastrous."
Investigators know the fire started in the master bedroom but now they're trying to find out how it started.