North Fort Myers, Fla. - A woman is dead after a section of her home at 2775 Breezewood Drive
catches on fire. Early this morning, a neighbor called 911 after seeing the smoke. North Fort Myers Fire Department was called around 7 a.m. and the fire was quickly extinguished.
"We got called out to a structure fire. We arrived on scene found the back bedroom fully involved, extinguished the fire, and did find one body inside," stated Capt. Bill Shaible.
"One of our friends called me," said long-time friend and Ft. Myers resident, Don Campbell. He was the last person to see the woman alive. Although he was too shaken-up to continue our interview on-camera, his family told WINK News, she died after falling asleep while smoking in bed.
"Mattresses, couches, all of it these days are built so different then years ago that they are extremely flammable," said Matt McGee with Ft. Myers Fire Department. He said, if the death was caused by a cigarette, smoke inhalation is the likely cause of death.
"It's usually those fumes that come off of our furniture and mattresses that kill us and not the fire. It's the smoke that is the number one cause," he said.
According to the CDC, smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths.
The fire does not appear to be suspicious. Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the fire. The Medical Examiner's Office has not released the identity of the individual.