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Rowan County fire victim among 8 storm-related deaths in NC

Scene of fatal fire. (David Beaver | WBTV) Scene of fatal fire. (David Beaver | WBTV)
ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Officials have identified a person who died in a Rowan County house fire Saturday evening.

Sunday, Governor Pat McCrory included the deadly fire in his update about storm-related fatalities, including the victim among the eight people killed because of the storm. 

RELATED: At least 8 dead, 5 missing in NC; 1000+ water rescues after Matthew slams state

The three-alarm fire happened on Yellow Brick Road, just off Deal Rd. in southwestern Rowan County near the Iredell County line. 

Deal Road was shut down for several hours as crews responded to the scene.

Firefighters were already nearby removing a tree from the road when neighbors called 911 to report the fire. When crews arrived they saw smoke and found out that a woman, later identified as 92-year-old Johnsie Overcash, was likely still inside the home.

Firefighters were able to remove Overcash from the home and perform CPR, but she died on scene. Officials have not released the cause of the fire. 

The Fire Marshall's Office said the fire is under investigation.

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