Investigators continue to look for the cause of a deadly fire Wednesday morning that took the life of 82-year-old Helen Jacobson. As of Wednesday night, the cause and origin of the fire remained unknown.
The fire was reported at 6:15 a.m. and as firefighters arrived, the dismal morning light wrapped in smoky, humid air made it difficult to pin down which house was burning.
"It was just such an eerie, surreal remembrance," Paula Wilson told us. "I woke up thinking today is 9/11."
Battalion Chief John McCormick said, "It had to be burning for a while because it was called in as smoke in the area. The fire had to be burning to cause enough smoke for somebody in the area to call."
Firefighters found the home. They found Ms. Jacobson's body inside, between a sun-room and the kitchen.
Helen Jacobson had spent 26-years teaching at Metro Community College. She retired in 2006 and we're told she wanted to return to campus as a student, to learn more about computers. But Wilson says her friend's biggest love was the garden.
Recalling their time together, Wilson said, "Never forget to tell your loved-ones that you love them every chance you get. You never know when it's going to be the last."
An autopsy is scheduled Thursday.