Irondequoit, N.Y.— A woman has died after a Sunday morning fire at a home on Falstaff Road.
Around 1 a.m., neighbors saw smoke coming out of the back of the house at 382 Falstaff Rd.
“I saw two people running and I asked, ‘What's going on?’” says Falstaff resident Michael Sweeney. “I looked over and saw all the smoke coming out. It was just a little bit of smoke then it just flew and literally, just went crazy.”
Sweeney says none of his neighbors bothered knocking down the door or attempting a rescue because everyone figured no one was inside. The people who lived there had moved out a few months ago.
That’s why, when they found out someone had died in the fire, the whole neighborhood was surprised.
“Everyone is shocked,” says Sweeney. “Everyone is shocked. I'm still shocked.”
According to neighbors, the woman’s name is Rebecca Rodriguez Lopez. The Democrat and Chronicle says Lopez’s father confirmed she was 31 years old and a mother of four.
Irondequoit Police Department has not confirmed the victim’s name, but says her name was on the current lease to the home. They also add that the utilities to the home were cut off a few months ago and the family may have moved as a result.
IPD says some belongings may have been kept in the home and neighbors confirm Lopez was in and out of the home often, even after the family moved.
IPD is now handling the case. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Investigators are working to establish a timeline of events that led up to the fire.