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Mother, daughter killed in Aberdeen mobile home fire

Posted January 4, 2012

— An elderly woman and her daughter died Wednesday morning when a mobile home in Aberdeen caught fire, authorities said.

The fire started in the kitchen of the home, at 257 Heflin Road, off U.S. Highway 15/501, at about 7:30 a.m., according to the Moore County Sheriff's Office.

A woman called 911 to report that her home was on fire and that she was trapped inside, authorities said.

By the time firefighters arrived, flames had engulfed the home.

Aberdeen mobile home fire Aberdeen women trapped in blazing home, die

Investigators found the bodies of Judith Seabolt, 81, and her daughter, Patricia Rogers, 60, in the rubble of the home after extinguishing the fire, authorities said.

"She was always a beautiful lady. She had classic features. She was beautiful," said Mary Smith, a longtime friend of Seabolt's.

Smith said Seabolt's husband died several years ago, and Rogers moved in to care for her mother.

"She just sort of wore out, you might say," Smith said of Seabolt. "She was just depressed. She got very thin."

Neighbor Dorothy Hudson said she will miss the small talk and little visits with the two women.

"They were just quiet people. I'd go sit on the swing set with them and talk. We'd talk back and forth through the fence," Hudson said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire and why the women couldn't escape.


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  • michaelclay Jan 4, 2012

    cavewoman192003, you must have missed it, but the artical did state that the daughter was 60. My prayers to any other family and friends they have.

  • theharps2 Jan 4, 2012

    SO SAD !!!!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jan 4, 2012

    This is a terrible tragedy. Very sad.

  • Desiderata Jan 4, 2012

    Prayers for friends and family as they deal with this tragedy.

  • cavewoman192003 Jan 4, 2012

    This fire is right around the corner from us. Brother said he heard fire trucks this morning headed out for work. May have left something on the stove and forgot it was there. Small fires can turn into a big problem really quickly. They didn't report how old the daughter was. Said the mother was in her 80's.

  • lauraleigh Jan 4, 2012

    Oh, no!!! I knew those two women! What a terrible tragedy for our community!

  • SmokeWagon Jan 4, 2012

    Man...WAY to many fires in the news. Fireplaces, improperly discarded hot ashes, space heaters, overloaded electrical circuts....stay warm, but please folks DO BE CAREFUL..!!