Posted at: 03/09/2013 11:19 PM
Updated at: 03/10/2013 5:38 PM
By: Lily Jamali
TROY - Police say 70 year old Lillie Pompey died in a fire that ravaged her home on Fourth Street near Van Buren Saturday night.
Troy Fire officials say she was found in cardiac arrest on the second floor of 510 Fourth Street and transported to Samaritan Hospital but it was too late.
"The house was filled with smoke and heavy fire. She was in a lot of danger," said Troy Fire Chief Thomas Garrett.
Her loved ones struggled to come to terms with the news that she was gone.
Firefighters got the call at 8pm Saturday.
These guys got here. They didn't even know it was this building, the smoke was so dense here," Chief Garrett said point at the charred remains of the house. "Our crews got inside but then the fire got ahead of them and we had to pull them out."
It would take them 45 minutes to get the fire under control while worried neighbors looked on.
"I could see the lights and then my daughter who was visiting next door came over and said mommy the house across the street is on fire," said neighbor Kim Myers.
"The smoke just came all in at once," added her daughter, Hannah. "We were just standing there and had to go back in. It was coming right at us."
Neighbors say the family lived here for decades.
Fire officials say the owner and his son were not inside when the blaze broke out.
Fire officials say the cause is under investigation.