Fire destroys Aurora home using fireplace for heat

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AURORA, N.C. (WITN) - Authorities are blaming a fireplace for a blaze that destroyed a home in Aurora.

Carnie Hedgepeth, Director of Beaufort County Emergency Services, says the fire at 2071 Spring Creek Road in Aurora was reported around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived, flames were breaking through the roof around the chimney. Firefighters tried to attack the blaze from the inside, but the ceiling started to cave in, forcing crews to retreat.

A man who says he is the grandson-in-law of the 69-year-old woman who lived there says six people lived in the home. Three of the residents are children--a newborn baby, a 3-year-old and a 9-year-old, all girls.

He says the woman's grandson and granddaughter are to credit for getting everyone out of the house after they were only able to grab their coats and shoes.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the family.

In addition to the Aurora Fire Department, Blounts Creek Fire Department and two fire departments from Pamlico County assisted with the fire.