Maryville, Blount County (WVLT) -- Fire investigators were on the scene all day trying to determine what caused a fire that took the life of a Maryville woman in her apartment.
Family members and friends say the victim was Dyan Foulks, 60 who died in the fire at the Scenic Terrace Apartments.
"She was a very Christian lady, “ said Pauline Mattox, the complex’s assistant manager. “We lost an angel."
Fire investigators are trying to find out what caused the fire that took Foulks life.
"Could have been me,” said Dyan’s friend Linda Wilson. “It could have been any one of us, you know."
The call came in to the fire department shortly after 2:30 AM, a fire had broken out in an apartment at the Scenic Terrace Apartments.
But before crews arrived, residents had to help each other.
"They told me to knock on everybody's door and get them awake on that side of the building and get them out,” said Michelle Gredig, who called 911.
"That was just scary,” said Joyce Swiney, one of Dyan’s neighbors. “It was just scary, somebody beating on your door."
"I went to the door and my neighbor Daniel was on the end,” said Wilson. “He told me I needed to get out and I looked out and I saw smoke."
But the one person they couldn't get was Foulks.
"The guy that lives right across the hall, I asked him if he would kick the door,” said Gredig. “We were going to try to go in but there was too much smoke."
As for the cause of the fire, investigators have ruled out everything electrical except for the baseboard heater in the bedroom where the fire is believed to have started.
Maryville public information officer Pam Arnett says the fire has been ruled accident.
They also said that the apartment had a smoke detector.
The residents of Scenic Terrace say Foulks knew how to give in life.
"My iron went bad, went out a while back and I asked her if I could borrow her iron,” Wilson said. “She loaned it to me to press my clothes."
And they say she knew how to fight for her life.
"She had overcome cancer and she beat it," Mattox said.
This fire hits close to home with us here at WVLT.
Dyan Foulks is the aunt of one of our producer's, Nikki Boyd.
Our sympathy and condolences go out to their families.
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