Elderly Wheelchair Bound Woman Dies in Fire

An elderly wheelchair bound woman died when her bedroom went up in flames and she was unable to escape. It happened Monday morning in Bethel in Pitt County. A spokesperson from Pitt County Memorial Hospital says the 77-year-old woman was pronounced dead soon after arriving. Authorities won't release her name until her family has been notified. The fire broke out in the victim's home located on Briley Street around 9:30 Monday morning. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.