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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  • by Sharese Location: Creswell on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    My prayers go out to the Roughton Family. I have known the family for many years.You will all be in my prayers and remember to always put God first. May god continu to bless you all.
  • by nikkii Location: greenville on Dec 15, 2009 at 08:19 AM
    I had the distinct pleasure of working with ms. roughton when she had back surgery 2 wks ago and she seemed to be so loving & sweet. I assisted her with anything that she needed (which wasn't much) and we would conversate about girly things but she was just so friendly. She talked about her 3 children, her "special" friend, and her mother. We also talked about her "smell good" lotions that she had with her. She was discharged on 12/4/09 & I didn't get to see her before she left because I was assisting other patients but she proved to be a really good person. My heart goes out to her children, mom, "special" friend, and all who knew her. I ask that God will give you the strength that is needed to make it through this difficult time. May we find comfort in Christ knowing that all is well & He will guide us through. May Jeannie rest in peace. Hallelujah!
  • by Tasha Location: Columbia on Dec 15, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    From the Barnes Family "RIP JEANIE" We all Miss you but I miss you the most you are my bestfreind if anyone needed a someone to be thier best fiend it would be her "My Girl Jeanie"!!! My deepest symphaty goes out to her 3children, her mom Ms.Sue and her Sister Janie!! May God Bless Yall an Keep yall safe. Those who mean the most to us Are never really gone For in our thoughts and in our hearts Their memory still lives on So may you find that passing time Can somehow help to heal Those memories will ease the loss And Sorrow that you feel. We Love You and Miss You. Your memories will live on REST in PEACE!! You always gonna be "My Girl Jeanie" "RIP"!!!
  • by lynn,david,michael,and chrispoher webb Location: columbia on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    From the webb family we will always miss you words can't express how much me and my boys love you. You the only one that had faith in my boys. We love you and miss you Rest and peace!
  • by columbian Location: columbia on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:44 PM
    jeannie was a good woman and she will be truly missed. i will keep her n her 3 kids in my thoughts and prayers...such a sad tragedy
  • by debbie Location: kilkenny on Dec 14, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    JEANNIE WAS A FRIEND OF OURS AND SHE WILL BE MISSED I AM SORRY THIS TRAGEDY HAD HAPPENED I HOPE GOD WILL BE WITH THE FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF NEED RIP JEANNIE SUE ROUGHTON YOU WILL DEFINTELY WILL BE MISSED.
  • by nettie Location: columbia on Dec 14, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    Jeanie was a wounderfull woman and she was a great freind as well as a mother of three kids i am sorry that she has passed away but she will allways be in my heart and i will never forget her she was there when i need a friend to talk to and she was my daughters god mother i will keep praying for her and i am here if the family or kids need anything WE ALL LOVE YOU JEANIE RIP LOVE YOUR GURL NETTIE
  • by angela Location: tyrrell co. on Dec 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    jeanne was my friend and i will miss her terribly,may god be with her and help her find her way home. and may god be with her family left behind.
  • by Rena' Location: teacher at Creswell on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    My heart goes out to the family. Ms. Roughton's son is a student of mine here at Creswell High School, and I feel really bad for him and his family. May God bless the family and give them the strength they need to get through this. God will be there with you always.
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