A 97-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday morning in a burning house in the Foothills.
The woman, Larae Hambenne, lived in the home alone, said Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
At about 6:45 a.m., fire crews responded to the home in the 4400 block of East Ina Road near north Swan Road. The 3,500-square-foot home was 80 percent involved in smoke and flames when they arrived, said Capt. Grant Cesarek, spokesman for Rural/Metro Fire Department.
The fire was so big that smoke could be seen from the area of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and 911 calls were coming in from midtown Tucson, Cesarek said.
Firefighters found Hambenne’s body while searching the home for occupants.
“Arson investigators came out we did a standard investigation because a there was fatality and there wasn’t anything suspicious initially found,” Rodriguez said.
Rural/Metro Fire investigators are still on scene trying to determine the cause and origin of the fire, Cesarek said.