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Community comes together to help brothers who lost parents in Edgecombe County fire

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 2:58 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2020 at 9:27 PM EDT
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EDGECOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A community here in the East came together to support two brothers who lost their parents in a fire early Wednesday morning.

At a home just outside of Princeville in Edgecombe County, Emergency Services responded to a fire that ended up taking the life of Larry and Helen Everette.

Sheriff’s Lt. Wilson Muse says the call came in around 1:30 a.m. to a home on Highway 33 East, outside of Princeville.

The lieutenant said the house was engulfed in flames when they got there. Fire crews from four fire departments were still putting out hot spots at 8:00 a.m.

Friends say Larry and Helen Everette were in their late 60′s and died in the fire, while their adult son Michael, who lived with them, was able to escape.

Lt. Muse says Michael suffered some smoke inhalation.

Friends and family in the community came out to the home early Wednesday morning and spent most of the day helping clean-up.

Community came together to support Michael and Brian Everette.
Community came together to support Michael and Brian Everette.(Amber Lake)

The sheriff’s office says right now they don’t know how or where the fire started. They said the SBI has been called in, but there is no indication of foul play.

Friends say the Everette’s have a second son who no longer lives in Edgecombe County.

A fund has been set up to help Michael and Brian Everette as friends say there was no insurance on the home, nor did the parents have any life insurance. Donations can be sent to the Everette Family Fund, Providence Bank, 325 North Main Street, Tarboro, NC 27886.

The family friends said they wanted to give a special thanks to the Princeville Volunteer Fire Department and other departments who assisted in putting out the fire.

There is also a Facebook Fundraiser you can donate to:

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