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Woman who died in New Port Richey fire identified

Published Oct. 12, 2017

NEW PORT RICHEY — Officials on Wednesday released the identity of the person found inside a burned down house on Leisure Lane.

Cherie Hansen, 57, died in the Tuesday night fire that caused the home's second floor to partially collapse into the first. Fire crews had to bring in a small front end loader to help clear the rubble.

Hansen had been missing since the fire. Her body was found Wednesday afternoon.

Hansen's husband, Bruce Hansen, 60, told the Tampa Bay Times that he returned from a nearby pharmacy Tuesday night to find his home in flames. He tried calling his wife but could not reach her.

"I don't know what happened," Hansen said that night.