WARREN COUNTY – Fire crews battled freezing temperatures, rain, sleet, and snow as they responded to a reported house fire Sunday night on Harrison Road north of Norlina and just a couple of miles from the Virginia border.
Upon arrival, firefighters found a two-story brick house with heavy fire conditions. During the primary search they found an elderly male, unconscious near the back door. They removed him from the structure and immediately began CPR. Warren County EMS had a delayed response from Warrenton due to the road conditions. The patient was transported to Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson where he was pronounced dead.
Neighbors advised firefighters that there might be another victim in the house. During the secondary search, one firefighter was injured when a piece of glass sliced through his turnout gear and cut his leg which required stitches. No other person was found in the house.
The Warren County Fire Marshal and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office were called due to the suspicious circumstances of the fire and fatality.
Due to the odd layout of the house and hidden spaces, it took firefighters almost two hours to get he fire completely under control. Units were on-scene for almost seven hours.
The Sheriff’s Office requested the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to help determine the cause of the fire. Deputies secured the scene until the SBI arrived Monday morning.
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