Neighbor Recalls Fire Victim

Savannah fire investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a fire that left a 20-year-old college student dead. It happened on East Charlton Lane in Savannah early this morning. Residents are trying to forget the images burned into their minds of the raging fire that killed their neighbor, Jane Thurber.

"It didn't look good," recalled Dan Burke, who lived next door to Thurber. "We had pretty different schedules, so we'd see each other after work, maybe at night sometimes."

But that all changed early this morning. Burke says around 3am, police rushed him out of his house, and that's when he saw Thurber's house in flames. "I looked over at the house and saw smoke coming out of the leaves," he told us.

Investigators say the fire started in the living room, spreading quickly into the attic. When firefighters got in the house they found Thurber in her bedroom, suffering from smoke inhalation.

"They brought her out and assessed and immediately gave her oxygen and CPR," reported Battalion Chief Anthony Faust.

But it was too late.

"I hoped that she had a pulse and they were able to revive her, but I guess not," said Burke.

Thurber was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Now all that's left is her car, still parked in front of the house, a painful reminder of a life and friend lost.

"It was sad," said Burk. "She was young. It was a terrible way to go."

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com