ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A person was found dead after a house appeared to be completely destroyed by a fire Thursday afternoon in Rowan County.
The fire occurred around 2 p.m. at a home on Crestwood Drive in China Grove. The single wide mobile home was located at the end of the road.
The victim has now been identified as Deborah Renee Deadmon, 66. According to the Rowan Sheriff’s Office, the victim had significant health issues, and did use bottled oxygen.
“There has been no evidence of foul play found at present, nor is foul play suspected,” said Captain John Sifford.
According to a press release from the Enochville Fire & Rescue, due to the heavy fire involvement and the structure beginning to collapse, firefighters were unable to enter the structure. Firefighters battled the flames for almost 15 minutes before bringing it under control.
Firefighters had to haul water to the location.
“Once the fire was extinguished, one victim was recovered from the structure and sadly was pronounced dead on the scene," said Daniel Jenkins of Enochville Fire & Rescue. “We extend our deepest condolences to the affected family.”
The Rowan County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire, assisted by Rowan County deputies.
Enochville Fire & Rescue was assisted on scene by Atwell Township Fire Department, Landis Fire Department, China Grove Fire Department, Locke Township Fire Department, Kannapolis Fire Department, Rowan County EMS, Rowan County Fire Service Division, and Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is ongoing under the direction of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
“At this very solemn time, we would like to remind everyone to make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home. Smoke alarms provide early notification that fire conditions are present, therefore increasing the amount of time for escape. If you need assistance with smoke alarms, please contact your local fire department,” Captain Jenkins added.