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Fire Fatal in North Whiteville

One person was killed when a single wide trailer burned on North Whiteville Wednesday.

County Fire Marshall Shannon Blackmon said the fire was reported just before 7 p.m.

The victim's name has not been released, pending an autopsy. The trailer was located on Amber Lane. Fire units were still on the scene around 3 a.m.

Deputy Fire Marshall Chase Lancaster said both a 911 caller and neighbors told firefighters that the home was occupied when they arrived. Fire crews immediately breached and entered the home. The victim was found inside. A second resident was not home at the time of the fire, Lancaster said.

The sheriff’s office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Office of State Fire Marshall, and State Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the case. North Whiteville. Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by several other departments.

The fatality was the fourth fire-related death this year in Columbus County.

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