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Woman found dead at scene of house fire

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ROY — The body of a woman found inside the remains of a burned garage was taken to the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office Wednesday.

The woman was found dead in the garage of a Roy home, 4533 S. 1975 West, after fire crews were called about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. The medical examiner was expected to confirm the woman's identity as well as determine whether she died as a result of the fire or something else, said Roy Fire Chief Jason Poulsen.

The fire is believed to have spread from the garage to the house, eventually burning through the roof. When firefighters arrived, they were told by other residents that there may still be a woman inside. Fire crews found the woman's body on the floor of the garage, Poulsen said.

Two cars in the garage fueled the fire and were destroyed. Poulsen said there was no way crews could have saved the woman.

"The rest of the house is a loss," the chief said.

The woman's death left neighbors in a state of shock.

"She was like a second mom, because she's always been next door to me," Ashton Coy said, describing the family as "great people, honestly all around."

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"They've been in the neighborhood as far as I can remember since I've lived her and they're just amazing people," he said.

"It's really a sad thing … because you know it's going to be a loss in the neighborhood for us," added Lonnie Price.

Although investigators have not identified the woman, both neighbors said Shelayne Hoff and Derrick Cammack lived in the home with their 5- or 6-year-old son. Hoff was believed to be the only one home at the time.

"I'm just really worried about her, hoping that it's not her body that they find," Coy said.

One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation after fighting the blaze. The cause of the fire was still under investigation Wednesday, but Poulsen noted, "I don't think foul play was involved."

Contributing: Mike Anderson, Shara Park, Whitney Evans

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