Navy veteran dies in Burke County house fire

Published: Feb. 28, 2015 at 10:15 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 30, 2015 at 9:15 PM EDT
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Officials say a man died in a Saturday house fire, his family says he was a retired Navy veteran.

Triple Community Fire Department responded to a house fire on Berrytown Street near Valdese Saturday morning.

Crews say their quick action saved two women from inside the burning home, but they weren't able to get to an elderly man in time.

Carl Peterson, a veteran, died in the blaze. Peterson's nephew says the family will miss him. "Everybody loved him. Very inspiring, inspired people with everything he did," Gary Chambers said.

One of the rescued women was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to officials, the other was in good condition.

The fire marshal was investigating the scene. Investigators have not said what the official cause of the fire was but said it appears to have been an accident.

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