COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Phenix City firefighters battled an intense blaze Tuesday morning. Chief Kristin Kennedy said firemen were called to the scene at lot 14 SunTrace Mobile Community around 4:20 am. When they arrived the flames were fully engulfed.
Kennedy says it took several search attempts before firefighters discovered the body of Mary G. Cochran, 54."The fire was out at 5:39, at 6:45 they entered the structure again; they found the occupant at that time," said Kennedy.
According to Chief Kennedy, it wasn't until the third search, almost an hour and a half later that those firefighters found Cochran in the front room.
"She was probably trying to get out that window. She just fell backwards and pulled the clothes over to cover her from the fire, added Evelyn Cochran, the victim's sister.
Cochran was reportedly covered in lots of clothes. You could see firefighters draping the garments over the window from the front room layer by layer. When they removed the body, they placed a fire truck in front of the mobile home to block the family from viewing the gruesome scene. Cochran's 74 year old mother stood strong.
"This is my second daughter to die in a month, but God will not put more on you than you can bear. I loved her, but God loved her best. I will miss her and already miss her, " said Mary Cochran.
Investigators will be sifting through the rubble trying to determine what caused this blaze. The victim's body has been sent to the state crime lab in Montgomery for an autopsy.