Officials: Fatal fire caused by smoking materials


It happened around 4 p.m. near the North Carolina Central University campus in the 400 block of Dupree Street.

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When firefighters arrived there was only light smoke in the air until they broke through a door and smoke billowed out.

The victim was found in a second floor bedroom where smoking materials were found near the bed.

A neighbor tells ABC11 that the victim was a long-time resident, who lived in the house alone and could only get around using a walker.

The victim's name is not being released.  

The deputy fire chief told ABC11 that the home had no working smoke detectors.

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