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Martin County Man Killed In Overnight House Fire

Investigators are trying to determine how a fire began this morning that claimed the life of a Martin County man.

Firefighters got the call around 1:00 a.m. to David Brown Road in Oak City. Inside the house they found the body of Charles Belflower, who lived alone.

Oak City Fire Chief Butch Beach says they don't know a cause yet, but do not believe foul play is involved.

A passerby spotted the flames and called 911. Beach says when they arrived the back of the house started to collapse. He says the fire then reached the attic and became difficult to contain.

The 51-year-old man's body was found in the back of the home, where they believe the fire began.


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