Disabled woman missing following New Port Richey house fire

A wheelchair-bound woman in her 60?s is missing following a massive house fire in New Port Richey.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A wheelchair-bound woman in her 60’s is missing following a massive house fire.

Pasco County Fire Rescue responded to a fully-engulfed two story home on Leisure Lane at about  6 p.m.

Witnesses said a neighbor attempted to reach the woman, identified as Sherri Hansen, trapped inside but the flames were too hot.

“She loved watching her movies,” said her step-son, Eric Hansen. “She has a hard time moving and my dad does his best to take care of her. They take care of each other.”

Family members believe Hansen was in her second floor bedroom before the fire started and likely would have had trouble escaping on her own.

“It could have happened so quickly,” Eric Hansen said. “I’m hoping…I’m hoping she crawled to safety somewhere. That’s what I’m praying. But it does look like the whole top came down over top of her and it seems like we lost a family member.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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