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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  • by Dustin haddock Location: Washington on Oct 9, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    Any one that knew this man personally please contact me, if you have any pictures of what he look like it would help, I think that this man could be my father. thanks for any help in advance. d.b.haddock@gmail.com
  • by tim Location: hobgood on Dec 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    its been 10 months already, dam, i miss Charles
  • by Kelly Location: Hamilton on Jul 10, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    The morning it happened, about 6 hours later when I was waking up getting ready for school, I heard that Charles house may have been the one that caught on fire. I went straight to the phone and started calling him. Never got an answer. I knew it couldn't have been him because I knew he was just too strong of a person. I remember while growing up, he would always be around with my dad (Kerry Spivey) and my uncle (Ken Spivey).They always had a ball together. They all really loved one another. I can remember one night when I was a little girl, I woke up from having a nightmare about that mean grandma off the movie "Flowers in the Attic". I dreamed she was in my house sitting behind the wicker chair that once sat in my living room. I ran to Charles, which was asleep on the couch in the living room and made him get up to check and make sure that mean grandma won't there. And he did. Me and my boyfriend (Trevor Warren) went to visit him only a week before this terrible incident.We all love u
  • by tim Location: hobgood on May 7, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    i was in Arkansas when this happened and still am. I still feel that sadness everyday. the next time i'm in the river and Charles is'nt in the passenger seat will be when it will hurt me the most.Kenny,if you read these postings,i want to see you when i get home late next week.Anything i can do for you bro, just let me know. I can't tell you how much i will miss your brother and one of my dearest friends.
  • by whit Location: Oak City on May 5, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    Kenny,Debra and Frank... I'm so sorry for your lost.Charles was a good friend to me, besides sharing the same birthday we had lot's of good times together.He helped me a lot of times doing carpenter work,we'd go fishing from time to time,and also we went out honky tonkin' Charles had his way's as do we all, but as someone else noted Charles had a tender side that he showed me everytime we were together. He was a good friend, the type of man you could put your trust in. I'm gonna miss you Charlie boy, Hope to see you soon... Kenny,I just want to tell you that I'm sorry for the last year or so, hope you will be OK cause I know that your really gonna miss him, I do,take care...If you ever need to talk just ring me up..
  • by Patsy Location: Bear Grass on Apr 30, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    Charles, I am gonna miss you but your will always be in my heart. You were like a brother to me. There is nothing in the would that you would not do for me or anyone else. We shared our good times and bad times together. My prayers go out to your family. Mrs. Belflower treated me like a daughter. Thanks for letting me be a part of your life. Love always Patsy
  • by Ken Location: Hamilton on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    Charles and I were very good friends from the time we all played little league together til now. We also played music together along with Byrd, Sammy & Kerry. Those were great times and for those that never knew it, Charles could sing in his day. He was a great guy and a good and loyal friend. I now live in Harrisburg and didn't see as much of him but stopped by to spend time with him when I came to Hamilton to visit. We spent quite a bit of time together through the years and I have quite a few memories that will stay with me forever. Charles definitely had a tender side that he chose to keep concealed as much as possible but my brother and I both think of him with affection and will miss him more than I can say. Ken & Nancy
  • by Johnsie Location: Charlotte on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    Charles had a quiet way and a shy smile and many talents -could figure out how things worked and would be quick to help his family and friends
  • by Mona Location: flat swamp on Apr 29, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    I will miss Charles had some good times in the past.Will not forget.
  • by Linda Location: Oak City on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    Kenneth, Frankie, Debra. Our prayers are with you. I'm glad Kenneth got a chance to spend some time the other week with him at the river. Family means a lot.
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