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Woman killed in fire on Flaxman Street

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Pensacola, Fla. (WEAR) - A fire at a Pensacola mobile home killed one person.

The fire sparked just after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday at Smith's Mobile Home Park in the 5900 hundred block of Flaxman Street.

Investigators believe the cause is cooking related but the blaze is still under investigation.

The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Detra Oliver.

Firefighters swept the home multiple times but never spotted Oliver under a pile of debris.

Oliver's family is heartbroken after hoping for a different outcome.

Courtney Bullard, Oliver's daughter, said her mother's smile brightened the lives of those around her.

Bullard described her mother as full of life and energy.

"She was an angel. She was everything. She met no strangers. Everybody that came in her contact. They felt that love. They felt how warm she was," Bullard said.

On Monday, those who love her found out Oliver was killed after her home caught on fire the night before.

Bullard knew something was right because her mom's car was parked outside the home but she was nowhere to be found.

"I woke up just thinking me and her were going to see each other this morning," Bullard said. "I woke up looking for her. I just couldn't believe I walked passed her five times and did not see my momma in that house."

Firefighters searched the home but did not spot Oliver until daylight.

Bullard said her mom will be greatly missed.

She said, "We spent every single day together. Not a minute go by that I was not without my momma."

Fire officials found no evidence of a working smoke detector in the home.


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