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Mother shares memories of daughter after deadly New Auburn fire

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department says the body of 48 year old Sharon Nelson was found in the what was the living room of her trailer home early Sunday morning.

NEW AUBURN, Wis. (WEAU)- A family is waiting for answers after a fire took a life.

Sharon Nelson died after a mobile home fire in the Village of New Auburn.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department says the body of the 48-year-old, Nelson was found in the what was the living room of her mobile home.

Deputies got the call of the fire at the house on East Street shortly after 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

When crews got to the scene the home was fully engulfed.

Investigators from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the fire.

The cause of death and cause of the fire have not yet been determined, however no foul play is suspected.

'Sharry' Nelson's family came to her home Monday to gather flowers to be replanted.

"She was in the process of building a nice flower garden and putting rocks around it," Nelson's mom, Betty Schroeder said.

"She'd do anything for anybody, and she loved her flowers and loved gardening and was a happy go lucky person."

Just feet away from her garden, the scenery changed.

"When we pulled on scene, the flames were coming out of the house and windows and front door, about 15 feet above the roofline of the home, so there was no search and rescue that was going to be done at that time," New Auburn Fire Chief Thomas Bischel said.

"It takes a toll on you because you know there's a possible life that is gonna be lost in this situation, and there's family and everybody's involved. We're a small community and you don't want to see that at all, so it definitely effects you."

"I was devastated. Because I didn't expect her to go this way. And it's hard because I didn't expect to bury by child," Schroeder said.

Despite the outcome, Schroeder thanked firefighters for their efforts, and saw a silver lining.

"They couldn't do any better so I didn't want to risk their lives too, so they did a good job and I appreciate it very much." "She could've had her grandkids in there and that's a godsend she didn't have anybody else in there.

Much of Nelson's belongings were lost, but planted memories remained.

"She was a good girl. She had her ups and downs like we all do, but I loved her very much. I still love her. And I'm gonna miss her."

Bischel said no cause has been found, but foul play isn't suspected.

The family said it has yet to finalize funeral arrangements.


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