Fire claims life of woman

Kerosene heater may have started fire
Feb. 08, 2013 @ 10:37 AM

A Wednesday night mobile home fire claimed the life of a Thomasville woman.
According to Davidson County Emergency Services, a fire broke out at a single family mobile home at approximately 8:15 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Pilot community. Firefighters with Pilot Fire Department, North Lexington Triangle and Holly Grove Fire Department responded to 163 Wintbrook Road off Old Lake Road and discovered a single-wide trailer engulfed in flames. Firefighters got the blaze under control in less than an hour, but two victims were transported to area hospitals for burn injuries.
"We did have two patients who were injured, one critically, who were transported by air to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Thomasville [Medical Center]," said Davidson County Fire Marshal Brad Needham. "We're not releasing any names at this time. There were two adults here at the time."  
An investigation by the Davidson County Fire Marshal's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation is underway. A press release issued Thursday stated the cause of the fire is believed to be a kerosene heater, but no further information was made available. An adult woman was home at the time of the fire and escaped after receiving thermal burns, according to the release. The woman, who was not identified pending notification of kin, died at the hospital as a result of her injuries. A man who tried to help the victim received minor burn injuries.
"We've had people here throughout the night until we could get back here and continue our investigation [Thursday] morning," Needham said.