NEW INFO: Elderly Woman Dies In House Fire

An elderly woman died of smoke inhalation after fire tore through her Pitt County home Sunday afternoon. The woman's granddaughter and two great-grandchildren escaped from the home.

The fire happened around 5:00 p.m. at 7250 Main Street in Bethel. Bethel police say 84-year-old Magnolia Thigpen had to be pulled out of the burning home through an open window. She died later at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The other people in the home were not hurt, but one Bethel firefighter injured his leg and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Authorities say the fire was accidental, but are not saying what started the blaze.

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  • by brandy Location: pinetops on Aug 19, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    my heart goes out to the family and esp. my lil kiddies that come see me at work! (Dollar G.) im here to help yall in anyway i can! we luv each one of you and wish you the best and you and your family are in our prayers! i hope to see you all soon! bye
  • by ms Location: buctown on Aug 17, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    I grew up knowing this family me and the grandaughters went to school together, my prayers are with you guys, God does things for a reason.Your grandmother is in a better place. Know that your bethel family will be behind you no matter what.
  • by MW Location: Bethel on Aug 17, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    I like to thank the awesome ones that save the family that made it, and to the family my thoughts and prayers go out to you in your lost.
  • by Lori Lilley Location: belhaven on Aug 17, 2009 at 11:55 AM
    my heart goes out to the family. they will be in my thoughts and prayers

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