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Decorated Fort Bragg Soldier And Two Daughters Killed In Fire

A decorated Special Forces soldier and his two young daughters are dead after he tried to rescue them from their burning home near a North Carolina Army post.

Thirty-six-year-old Edward Cantrell died in the fire early Tuesday near Fort Bragg. Cantrell earned four Bronze Stars and one Purple Heart and had returned from his fifth mission to Afghanistan in August.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Cantrell's daughters, 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia, also died.

Spokeswoman Debbie Tanna says Cantrell and his 37-year-old wife Louise jumped from the home's second floor. Edward Cantrell re-entered the burning home in Hope Mills, about 10 miles from the post that is home to the Green Berets and other Special Forces units.

Louise Cantrell is being treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.
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A Special Forces soldier and his two daughters have died after he tried to rescue them from his burning home near Fort Bragg.

Edward Cantrell, 36, and his daughters, 6-year-old Isabella and 4-year-old Natalia were killed in the fire.

Cumberland County Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna says the Edward and his wife Louise initially managed to escape the burning home early Tuesday, but Edward went back in for his young daughters.

Tanna says the Louise told arriving firefighters the soldier re-entered the home at 4151 Pecan Drive in Hope Mills, about 10 miles from the Army base that is home to the Green Berets and other Special Forces units.

Louise, 37, had jumped from the second story of the home and ran to a nearby business to get help. Tanna says she is being treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

The spokeswoman says the century-old home's timbers were likely very dry, causing a very hot blaze that kept firefighters outside hours after extinguishing the fire.

Edward was member of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. He recently returned from a mission in Afghanistan.


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