Published: Sep 10, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 10, 2013 5:57 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The town home is part of a duplex and fire fighters were able to contain the flames to just one home.

"Her house is destroyed. Her life is destroyed," said Jean Hartman.

Neighbors can't believe a fire tore apart a couple married for more than 60 years.

"I cant say anything bad about them at all," said Judy Baker.

The fire started just after 1 on Thursday morning. Inside the home were 87 year old Elizabeth and John Lettich. Elizabeth was able to escape the flames.

"Elizabeth came banging on our door, screaming that the house was on fire," said Baker.

Judy Baker called 911.

"I got his wife right here and we are going back in to try to get the husband out."

Meanwhile her husband ran to the home to rescue John. But it was too late, John died. Elizabeth suffered smoke inhalation.

"My husband grabbed the fire extinguisher not knowing how bad it was," said Baker.

In the same duplex, Morgan Deshais was asleep and said fire fighters woke her up.

"They kinda saved me cause I didn't hear anything, didn't smell anything, nothing," said Deshais.

Neighbors said John had kidney failure and Elizabeth was legally blind.

"Considering, I'm sure you saw what that place looks like, it's just unbelievable," said Baker.