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House Fire Kills 1 Adult, 3 Children in Robeson County

Posted February 11, 2008

— Four people, including three children, were killed during a house fire in Robeson County.

The fire happened early Sunday outside the town of Saint Pauls, which is south of Fayetteville.

Witnesses said the adult died trying to save the children.

"I didn't want to see it. My heart – I'm 90 years old – I can't take it,” relative Icey Mae Ray.

Ray's great nephew, Terry Glover, died in the fire.

Investigators said Glover, 40, came home around 1 a.m. Sunday and smelled smoke. He then tried to get everyone out of the house.

His girlfriend, Van Bullard, had been asleep. She and three children escaped the flames.

Glover went back inside to rescue the other children, but was apparently overcome by smoke.

He and two of his children – Jalen Glover, 7, and Essence Glover, 11 – were killed. Another child, Savannah Johnson, 1, also died. She was Bullard's granddaughter.

"It's just a shock. When I got the phone call at 1 o'clock. It just was a shock." Crystal Glover said.

Crystal is Terry's sister.

"I'm gonna miss them, because I used to take them to school every morning. They were very special kids," she said.

Firefighters found a kerosene heater in the living room, but do not believe the fire started there.

"We're being strong, trying to make it. Holding it together," Crystal Glover said.

Investigators were treating the fire as accidental, but the caused had not been determined Monday afternoon.


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  • Meandmytwo Feb 12, 2008

    This is tragedy. My prayers goes out to all the families effected by this loss. I live in a mobile home and I pray that this never happens to my family. They are affordable but will go up in flames really fast.

  • gopanthers Feb 12, 2008

    I'm not knocking trailers as I have some family that live in them. One thing that I don't understand. The front door is right in the middle of the trailer. And if your lucky enough to have a back door it's also right in the middle of the trailer. Therefore, making it harder to get out in the event of a fire. I don't know for sure but I would think most fires start in the living area right where the door(s) are. Why don't they design trailers to have a door at each end. Wouldn't that make it easier to get out in the event of a fire? My prayers and thoughts are with this family right now. What a shame.