RISING FAWN, DADE COUNTY (WRCB) - A Rising Fawn women is dead after the house fire claimed her life, and injured her husband. It happened on Cloverdale Road in Dade County.

A quiet neighborhood in Dade County was as quiet as it's ever been today. The house fire claimed the life of a lifelong friend to a very tight knit community.

"As you said, it's tight knit. We miss all our friends when they are gone, and unfortunately so many are gone," said lifelong friend and neighbor Dion Bradford.

Bradford awoke to sirens this morning, he didn't pay much attention until realizing they were going next door.

When the sirens silenced, only ashes remained and Rising Fawn said goodbye to a loved one. Sixty-five-year-old Sue McMahan failed to escape her burning house.

"It's definitely tragic, Sue was well known, and was a fine citizen here for years," said Dade County Sheriff Patrick Cannon.

Sue's husband, Charles made it out alive, suffering first degree burns, he was released, to mourn.

Sheriff Patrick Cannon says Sue was on oxygen tanks, and that may be why she couldn't make it out.

The family told the Sheriff's Department that Sue would often smoke while using the tanks, but Sheriff Cannon said the cause of the fire is unknown right now.

"The family did disclose that may have been the cause, but it is a misfortune, anyone on oxygen must play close attention and not smoke, it's dangerous and will explode," said Sheriff Cannon.

Today, loved ones reminisced, whether it was the market she used to own in town, or just a childhood memory, no one we talked to had a negative thing to say about Sue.

Neighbors like the Bradford's, say they're hear to help in any way possible.

"She was a sweet person," said Bradford. "They know they can call on me if there's anything I can do, just like the rest of the community. We will all miss Sue that's for sure."