Woman, 91, dies in Largo mobile home fire

Largo, Florida -- A 91-year-old grandmother died in a fire in a mobile home Monday morning and the state fire marshal and Largo police are investigating.

Joan Neault died in the fire at the Bel-Aire Mobile Village on 124th Avenue N. in Largo. The blaze took 30 firefighters about 20 minutes to put out.

Assistant Fire Chief Doug Swartz says Largo Fire Rescue received several 9-1-1 calls from people inside the community, saying they saw the mobile home engulfed in flames around 11:15 a.m.

Stan Williamson, a mail carrier, says he knocked on the door of the home and yelled for Neault, but didn't get a response. He did not know the woman inside the home had passed away until 10 News shared the tragic information with him. He said it was upsetting.

George Benson described Neault as, "A nice old lady who kept to herself. She danced two or three times a week and was a beautiful ballroom dancer."

Ruth Accolla, a close friend of Neault, said Neault was a grandmother, and was a lovely lady who once drove ambulances when she was in the Army in England.


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