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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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