UPDATE: Friends, Family react to Mason fire tragedy

(MASON, OH) --

Update: Investigators say the fire caused $175,000 in damage.

Aslee Engleman lived with her daughter, Terry, her son-in-law and her two young grandsons on Castanea Drive. The son-in-law and the grandkids were not home at the time because they were out buying a video game.

" I pray for her children and grandchildren, they were screaming and crying why did it have to be my grandmother," said Nancy Neely, a close friend.

The Mason Church of God, where Aslee was a member for 45 years, is helping the family. Their number is 513-389-5701.

Update: Investigators have determined the cause of the fire was electrical in nature.

In a 911 call, Aslee Engleman's daughter tells dispatchers, "I need help. My house is on fire. My mom's burning alive."

Investigation in to the fire continues.


Mason firefighters are searching for clues into a deadly fire.

A woman died in the blaze that broke out at a home on Castenea Drive around 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

Friends say the deceased is Aslee Engelman, 76..

Both Aslee and her daughter were in the house went the flames started. Firefighters say Aslee warned her daughter to get out, and the daughter escaped, but Aslee did not.

She died in the back bedroom, possibly before the roof collapsed. But when it caved in, firefighters had a hard time finding her body.

Friends say she was active in the Mason Church of God. Members gathered at the scene in shock.

They described what a caring person she was.

"She was like that. Her children come first, everybody came first before her. She was always making--she was a caretaker. She was a caretaker and she really--she loved people," says Nancy Neely, a friend of Aslee.

Her friends says Aslee was from Tennessee, but lived in Mason for many years and raised five kids, who are now adults.

Fire investigators were on scene earlier and will be back today to figure out why this blaze started.