UPDATE: One dead in house fire

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 08:24 AM

UPDATED 5:05 P.M.

An 80-year-old woman died early Monday morning in a fire that engulfed her home in northern Davidson County.
Betty Hilton, a longtime resident of the area north of Thomasville, died in the blaze, said her nephew, Terry Shelton.
Hilton’s daughter-in-law was injured in the fire and taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The 61-year-old woman,  who authorities hadn’t identified by late Monday afternoon, suffered severe burns to her upper body, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators ruled the fire an accident. Lt. Doug Powell of the Pilot Fire Department said the blaze was an electrical fire that started in a wall and floor in the front of the house. The area where the fire started caused part of the roof to collapse.
The blaze happened at 465 Rich Hilton Road within a mile of the intersection of N.C. 109 and Midway School Road. The call reporting the fire came in about 6:10 a.m. Four fire departments responded —  Wallburg, Pilot, Midway and Hasty.
Hilton’s single-level, brick-frame home is along a rural two-lane road that’s dotted with houses. Distraught relatives and friends gathered along the road and in the yard of the charred house Monday morning. A pungent, burnt odor filled the air within a short distance of the house.
The inside of the residence was blackened and gutted, and firefighters still were pouring water with a fire hose on parts of the house four hours after they arrived.
Shelton told The High Point Enterprise that he knew Hilton most of his life because he grew up with her son. Her family and neighbors are devastated by the loss, Shelton said while standing in the driveway of her aunt’s yard.
This is the second fatal house fire in northern Davidson County to claim the life of an older adult in a little more than a month. In early September, an 82-year-old World War II veteran died in a fire at his home in Wallburg.

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UPDATED 9:20 A.M.

An 80-year-old woman died early this morning during a house fire in northern Davidson County, while her daughter-in-law was injured.

The identity of the victims hadn't been released by Davidson County authorities this morning. But the daughter-in-law was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment.

The blaze happened at 465 Rich Hilton Road north of Thomasville. The call reporting the fire came in about 6:10 a.m. Four fire departments responded —  Wallburg, Pilot, Midway and Hasty, according to WXII-TV.

This is the second fatal house fire in northern Davidson County to claim the life of an older adult in the matter of about a month. In early September, a World War II veteran died in a fire at his home in Wallburg.

 

One person has died early this morning after a house fire in northern Davidson County.

Davidson County Emergency Management Services officials say one person died in the blaze at 465 Rich Hilton Road north of Thomasville. The call reporting the fire came in about 6:10 a.m.

Another person was injured. Four fire departments responded to the scene.