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75-year-old woman killed in Iredell Co. house fire ID'd

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IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Investigators in Iredell County have identified a 75-year-old woman who was killed in an early morning house fire on Monday.

They say the body of Sarah Stamper was located just a few feet from her bed after her home along the 100-block of Buck Lane caught fire around 5 a.m. Monday morning.

Investigators say the fire started in the bedroom of the home, which is where firefighters found her body.

The fire is being ruled accidental and investigators say it started due to electrical issues in the master bedroom.

On Monday, investigators said they were concerned because Stamper was a smoker and had neem recently put on oxygen.

Neighbor Tammy Gregory, who is also related to the victim by marriage, says they heard the fire trucks early Monday morning, but thought someone had wrecked on nearby Interstate 40.

It was someone on the interstate that first tipped off officials that there was a fire.

"We didn't think anything about it and then somebody knocked at the door, beating - you know - real hard at the front door," Gregory told WBTV. "They were hollering 'your neighbor's house is on fire'."

The Iredell County Fire Marshal says the first firefighters on scene "went in [the home] immediately after they saw the cars parked in the driveway."

Gregory says the reality of the situation still hasn't set in.

"It's like it's not real. It just doesn't seem real that she's gone and her house is gone," Gregory said. "It doesn't seem real. It's terrible. I hope nobody has to go through it. Just a tragedy."

Investigators say smoke detectors in the one-story brick home had been tested about two months ago and were working.

The fire is estimated to have done approximately $150,000 in damage.

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