(Ripley, TN) The Tennessee State Fire Marshall is investigating a fire fatality in Ripley, Tn.
“She was just a very good girl,” said Cindy Lovett, a neighbor and friend. “It’s very sad.”
33-year-old Temeka Meux, a mother to four and a grandmother of one, was found dead inside her home Saturday morning as it burned.
“It really hurt my heart,” said Lovett. “It really did.”
The Ripley Fire Chief says it appears the fire started in the kitchen. Meux was found in a back bedroom where investigators say she was already dead with no evidence she died from the smoke or fire.
“If it is foul play, I mean, we've only lived here for two months and if something like that is in this neighborhood, than that's something to really worry about,” said Lovett.
She had no idea the home burning down the street was Meux’s. Lovett knew her from an apartment complex she manages. She put the pieces together after seeing Meux's Facebook page.
“I know she was a good mother,” said Lovett. “She went to school to be a chef and I know she was really happy about graduating.”
Lovett said she'll pray for the family that Meux leaves behind and hopes answers surrounding her friend’s death come soon.
“People says ‘this’, say ‘that’,” Lovett said about the rumors she’s hearing. “It's up to the authorities to find out and investigate it and hopefully they'll find out what's really going on.”
Meux's body has been sent to the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s office in Memphis to determine how she died. Thankfully, none of Meux's children were at the home when the fire started.