A woman who died Saturday in an early morning fire at a Lakewood house has been identified as a former Army police officer.
Friends and family identified the woman as 56-year-old Jaynie Zeigler.
When firefighters got to the house on Beverly Drive Southwest around 1:45 a.m., they found a smoldering fire inside. They later found Zeiglers body.
Loved ones said the woman lost both her legs due to organ failure at age 37 and had been living by herself.
She struggled with hoarding and recently stopped taking medicine to treat mental illness, they said.
Its just tragic, said family friend Stephanie Marley. I cleaned her house up until last November, but when she quit taking her medications she didnt want me to be around. She didnt think I was who I was.
Marley and Zeiglers only sister said they called police and the state to help Zeigler on several occasions.
They tell you that unless that person is a threat to their health or a threat to someone else theres nothing that can be done, said the victims sister, Imogene Brown, in a phone interview.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.