Fire kills Granville County grandmother
Posted October 25, 2011
Oxford, N.C. — Fire consumed a Granville County house early Tuesday morning and claimed the life of a 90-year-old grandmother.
Faye Hobgood, 66, was smoking in bed and woke up just before 4 a.m. to the blare of smoke alarms, according to Chief Deputy Sherwood Boyd of the Granville County Sheriff's Office.
She tried to put out the fire and called firefighters, Boyd said, but she was unable to save her mother.
Mozelle Hobgood was overcome by smoke and died. Faye Hobgood suffered burns to her hands and smoke inhalation and was treated at Granville Medical Center.
"My grandma was filled with love," said Ben Wade Ellington. "She was a Christian lady. It’s just remarkable how she (did) things for people."
The women's home at 2111 Elam Currin Road was heavily damaged, Boyd said.
"There are a lot of memories in that house. We (aren't) going to lose them. That fire (isn't) going to kill any memories at all," said Jared Hobgood, another of Mozelle Hobgood's grandchildren.