The Arizona Department of Economic Security has confirmed a woman who died in a Mesa fire Tuesday night was a department employee.
Jazmin Bridges died in the fire along with a small boy.
Tasya C. Peterson, DES director of communications, released a statement on behalf of the state agency.
“On behalf of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, we send our sincere condolences to the family of Jazmin Bridges,” Peterson said in the statement. “We are truly saddened by her loss. Her kindness, beautiful smile and infectious laugh will be missed tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”
The Mesa Fire and Medical Department was called to the apartment, in the 500 block of South Country Club Drive, about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, on a report of smoke in a residence, police said.
Firefighters found a smoldering fire that had nearly been extinguished inside an apartment’s bedroom, police said.
Firefighters also found Bridges and a small child, who were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
A GoFundMe page was created on Thursday to help Bridges’ family with funeral expenses. As of Friday afternoon, the page had raised $775, with a goal of $5,000.
Mesa police said the cause of the fire still was under investigation.
The child’s name and relationship to Bridges have not been confirmed by authorities.
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