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Girl killed in Chapel Hill apartment fire

Posted August 6, 2011

— Seven-year-old Asiediya Clement died Saturday morning and five apartments were damaged in a fire at Kensington Trace apartments, a three-story building in Chapel Hill between Weaver Dairy Road and Interstate 40.

Asiediya, the only child of Sheryl Williams Clement and Gary Clement, was asleep in her second-floor bedroom around 7:30 a.m. when the fire began, family members said. Her parents were home but were unable to get to her in time.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, they rushed her to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, but it was too late.

Cynthia Williams, Asiediya's aunt, said the girl was autistic, but was as smart, active and silly as any other 7-year-old. Asiediya Clement Girl killed in Chapel Hill apartment fire

"She was my baby," Williams said. "She told me she loved her mom and she loved me too. Once she told me that I was the best and that's all I keep hearing her say at this time."

She added that the family is "devastated" by the loss.

Fire crews said the fire was sparked when a freezer on the back porch malfunctioned.

The total damage to the building was estimated at $600,000.

Lisa Edwards, a spokeswoman for the Chapel Hill Fire Department, said the Red Cross was helping the 11 residents who were displaced by the fire.

New Hope, Durham, Parkwood and Carrboro fire departments and the Orange County Emergency Management and South Orange Rescue teams assisted with the blaze.

Witnesses said that flames were visible punching through the roof.


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  • carolinejosh Aug 9, 2011

    I know all of us in the Ephesus Elementary community share the deepest sorrow from this unspeakable loss. God bless the family during this time.

  • wildcat Aug 8, 2011

    My condolences to the family and friends. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot remove. Keep her memories for they are precious. Talk about her whenever you want, show pictures. Just know she is now in Heaven. The angels will take care of her. May God/Jesus bring all of you comfort and in the days ahead...peace of joy.

  • iwasjustsaying Aug 8, 2011

    Wow...God bless them...what a horrible loss...

  • pedsRN Aug 8, 2011

    Sympathy to the family. I've known her aunt for a long time & my heart breaks for her & her family.