Woman Killed, Mother Injured In Weekend Fire

A fire this past weekend claimed one woman and injured another in Tyrrell County.

Dead is Jeannie Roughton of Columbia. Authorities say around 11:20 p.m. Saturday night they received a 911 call of a fire on Highway 94 South.

A deputy tried to get inside the home, but was kept back because of extreme heat and heavy smoke. After the fire department arrived, rescue personnel attempted to revive the victim, but the 35-year-old woman was pronounced dead at Chowan Hospital.

The victim's mother, 57-year-old Sue Roughton was also transported to Chowan Hospital for burns.

Authorities say they believe the cause of the deadly fire to be from an electrical problem.


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