ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - One person died as flames fully engulfed and destroyed a mobile home in Alexander County Wednesday morning.
Alexander County 911 Communications received a call around 6 a.m. about a fire at a mobile home on Ervin Lane in Hiddenite.
Upon arrival, the Hiddenite Fire Department found a mobile home fully engulfed by flames. Alexander County Fire Marshal Mark Earle said one person died in the fire.
After extinguishing the fire, firemen located a body on the north end of the mobile home, inside the home. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was contacted and responded to the scene. The body was burned beyond recognition, and was removed from the residence and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for an autopsy to be performed.
Earle said there was no indication of an explosion, but said the mobile home is a total loss. Investigators remain on the scene to determine the cause of the blaze and to identify the person who died.
Kim Bebber says all indications are that the victim was her 31-year old-son Jeffrey Bebber. Her son had been living there off and on for some time, she said.
Lately, she says, Jeffery had been going through a tough time and had his power and water cut off. He was heating the home with a kerosene heater and had used a generator at times as well to have some electricity.
Even so, Kim said her son had been making progress. He had spent time behind bars on a contempt charge but was back in the mobile home on Monday and planning for his future, she said.
“He was determined to get back on track,” she said, and added, “He’s my baby and I will love him always, always.”
Investigators say it could be a few days before the cause is determined but they do not believe the the origin of the blaze is suspicious.
The fire scene is still under investigation by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Alexander County Fire Marshal’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the North Carolina State Fire Marshal’s Office.
A determination on the cause of the fire has not yet been finalized at this point in the investigation.