NEW INFO: 101-Year-Old Woman's Death Ruled Accidental

A Chowan County woman who turned 101 last week died from smoke inhalation, that from the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Fire ripped through Flora Lee Banks' home in Edenton Monday afternoon. When firefighters arrived at the home on East Freemason Street the house was engulfed in flames.

Police say the fire was accidental. Chief Jay Fortenbery says while they cannot say with 100% certainty what caused it, a kerosene heater was in close proximity to the bed and some clothing which could have started the fire.

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A fatal fire in Edenton in Chowan County claims the life of a 101-year-old woman.

The fire broke out around 5:22 Monday afternoon at 207 East Freemason Street.

Authorities say the house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Once they put the fire out they discovered the body of Flora Lee Banks inside.

Officials say a kerosene heater was located nearby and is a possible source for the fire, which appears to be accidental. The fire remains under investigation until a cause of death is determined.

The Chowan County Commissioners honored Banks last year for her 100th birthday, saying she was born on February 10, 1910.

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  • by RdoubleD on Feb 16, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    Bet the anti-smoking fanatics try to blame this one on cigs. too.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    As i am very sorry for the loss of this great lady. Why must it be HEADLINE news for days. I am sure the family and your readers are ready to move forward.
  • by Cause_I_can Location: Tarboro on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    It is a terrible shame what the elderly must do to keep warm or cool just to survive.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    aww thats so said
  • by Dianner Location: Elizabeth City on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    This is very sad. She will be rewarded in the end because of the life that she lived. God Bless you Ms. Banks. I didn't know you but I'm sure you will be missed by many.
  • by Susie Q Location: Edenton, Nc on Feb 15, 2011 at 09:03 PM
    My condolences to the Banks family! May you all find comfort in God during this difficult time in your lives. I do not know the family personally but 101 years is a long time to live and then pass away in a fire. So tragic! I am continually praying for you guys!
  • by testing Location: testing 123 on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:50 PM
  • by A nurse Location: edenton on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    I knew Miss Flora and she was a wonderful,kind spirit. She never complained, never had a cross word to say to anyone. I will really miss my visits with her. My heart is very heavy tonight.
  • by Mark Location: Bath on Feb 15, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    I pray she died in her sleep. Very sad situation.
  • by Cruize and Tisha Location: Edenton on Feb 15, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    Our hearts go out to the family. What a tragedy and it's really sad that she had to die that way. May God bless the whole family and you will be in our thoughts and prayer.
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