Person killed in Johnston County house fire

JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Authorities in Johnston County are investigating an early Wednesday morning fire that killed one person.

According to officials, firefighters were called around 2:16 a.m. to a home in the 800 block of West Oak Street in Selma after a passerby spotted flames.

Fire crews from Selma, Smithfield, and Pine Level all arrived at the scene to battle the blaze.

Once the fire was extinguished, officials found a person's body inside the house.

A family member told ABC11 at the scene that a 47-year-old man lived at the house and may have fallen asleep while cooking.

The man was later identified as Kenneth Wayne Brockington.

"He was just an outgoing, very happy person," said friend Donna Cruz.

"He was a good friend and I still can't believe it. I still can't believe that he's gone," said friend Glenie Creech.

Authorities said so far the fire appears to have been accidental. The incident is still under investigation.

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