Fatal Fires In NC Have Claimed 13 Lives In 2012

Only two months into the year, 13 people have died in fatal fires in North Carolina. That's according to statistics from the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Seven of the 13 victims were from Eastern Carolina.

On January 5, 54-year-old Bennie Strickland died in a house fire in Tarboro.

Ten days later, two men were killed in a shed fire at Morehead City mobile home park. 63-year-old Michael Ray and 65-year-old Bucky Bryan died in the blaze on January 15. Police said electricity was illegally hooked up to the shed they were staying in.

A Wilson County man died in a fire at a home on February 10. Officials said George Allen died in the fire off of Columbia Avenue.

This morning, three more people in our area died in a fire outside of Jacksonville, and they were all children. Sheriff Ed Brown says 12-year-old Tabitha Pittman, 8-year-old Elijah Pittman, and 6-year-old Gabriel Pittman died in the fire at their home.

In 2011, at least 77 people lost their lives in fires in North Carolina. Two of those fatal fires claimed three lives. Last July, a mother and her six-month-old baby were killed in a house fire aboard Camp Lejeune. 22-year-old Tara Lampman and the infant, Lexi Lampman, died after the fire at a duplex in Midway Park.


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  • by Concerned Location: ENC on Feb 23, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    That is a startling statistic. Makes you wonder why some fire chiefs in the east want under staff fire engines? Citizens should really be concerned about the changes that are taking place at your local fire stations. How would you like a fire truck to show up at your house with only one person on it? It is happening right now and it's not related to money, just poor management.
  • by Family of Strickland Location: Tarboro on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    To the reporter that wrote this, needs to make sure they do a spell check. The death on Jan. 5, 2012 in Tarboro was Bennie Strickland not Dennie. Please check your spelling before you post the news.
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      by Stephanie Shoop on Feb 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM in reply to Family of Strickland
      Thank you very much for the information. Upon your comment, we confirmed it with another source. We originally got the name from a link on the North Carolina Fire Marshal Association's website. I've included the link in case you want to notify them. http://www.ncfma.com/
  • by Fire Capt. Location: ENC on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:38 AM
    Mortie, Yes we all wonder about those working smoke alarms, But having a working escape plan to go along with that alarm is the key. You will probably find that most of these deaths occured in older homes. Another reason as why it is so important that we require residential sprinkler systems. one day new construction will be old and the cost associated with a multipurpose sprinkler system is well worth it.
  • by Mortie Location: Paradise on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:04 AM
    One has to wonder how many of these homes had working smoke detectors?
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