Franklin County house fire leaves one dead, one injured
Posted March 4, 2013
Updated March 6, 2013
Kittrell, N.C. — Fire erupted at a Franklin County home Monday, leaving a woman dead and a man badly injured, according to Sheriff Jerry Jones.
Jones said Shoshana Marie Reilly and her fiancé Christopher Tucker were on the second story when the blaze erupted. They tried to get downstairs, but discovered they were trapped. After urging her to jump out a window to safety, Tucker jumped alone, Jones said.
He was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with burns to his left arm, Jones said.
Six other people at the house, who were all downstairs when the fire broke out, got out safely.
Jones said the cause of the fire, at 2637 Rocky Ford Road near Kittrell, has not been determined, but investigators found multiple space heaters inside the home.
Seven fire departments from Franklin and Vance counties helped extinguish the blaze, which started shortly before 3 p.m.