CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi fire crews were called to a residence on National Drive in reference to an early morning fire, in Corpus Christi's Molina neighborhood.  

When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames, and smoke blanketed the whole block.

When officers entered the home on the 900 block of National Dr., a heartbreaking discovery was made, as the body of an elderly woman was found inside the smoldering home.

As soon as neighbors across the street from the home, realized something was wrong, they called for help.

Fire officials say the blaze began early Friday morning just before 6:30 a.m.

When they arrived on the scene, firefighters say the house was engulfed in flames, and plumes of smoke rose out of the home. 

Officials say by the time they could enter the structure, it was too late.

According to neighbors, the victim inside the home was an elderly woman who had lived in the Molina neighborhood for years.

Neighbors say she just had a new house built that was ready to move into.

Officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Fire Chief Robert Rocha still wants to remind homeowners to take preventive steps in the case of a fire.

"Know at least two ways to get out of the home, so that in case there is a fire that they know how to exit and lastly, we want people to practice an escape plan", said Fire Chief Robert Rocha. 

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