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12-year-old killed in Durham house fire

Posted August 16, 2010

— A 12-year-old Durham girl was killed in a house fire over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Destiny Ledwell and five others were inside the home in the 2400 block of Nebo Street when it caught fire Sunday morning.

Four people were able to escape unharmed and a fifth person was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and released.

Fire investigators said foul play isn't suspected but haven't said what caused the blaze. Destiny Ledwell's brother said Monday that he believes it started because of an electrical problem in the home.

Chris Ledwell, 16, said he smelled smoke around 7:15 a.m. and tried to get everyone out of the house. His sister's door was locked, he said.

He said the family is heartbroken.

"Just keep us in your prayers," Chris Ledwell said. "We just need all the help we can get at this point, because we lost everything, including the love of our life."

The Durham chapter of the American Red Cross is providing financial and emotional support to the family and temporary housing.

A rising seventh-grader at Shepard Middle School, Destiny Ledwell dreamed of being a doctor, family members said.

"She was just a child, and that's what makes it more difficult," her grandfather, Bobby Ledwell, said. "She had not even begun to really live her life."


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  • prophetdavis08 Aug 17, 2010

    Father in the name of Jesus, you are the God off all comfort, I lift up this family unto you, strengthen them for the days ahead. Father help them to be strong and lift their burdens, give them what they need to sustain them and help them to turn to you for comfort.

  • UPTOP Aug 16, 2010

    My prayers are with the family in there time of need !!

  • wildcat Aug 16, 2010

    My condolences to the family and friends. May God continue to be with all of you.

  • chclt4lf2002 Aug 16, 2010

    My niece went to school with Destiny and is heartbroken over the news. May God Rest your soul sweet angel. My prayers go out to the Ledwell family.

  • godinme1980 Aug 16, 2010

    That was a realy sad story, her family and friends will be in my prays

  • raggy831 Aug 16, 2010

    I am so sorry. Praying for the family. Glad that the red cross is there to help them.

  • holdeng Aug 16, 2010

    This is so sad. My prayers go out to the family in this time of need. God sent you this Angel for a little while, but felt he needed her in his kingdom. Sleep on sweet Destiny sleep on. Sleep on and get your rest, I know your family loved you, but God loves you best. May God bless the Ledwell family.

  • sunshineonmyshoulder Aug 16, 2010

    I attended an informational meeting on fire safety about a year ago. I learned a lot about residential fires, but one of the most suprising facts was that in a majority of house fires, the smoke detectors never go off. Most of the time, you could stand outside and watch a house fire from begining to end and never hear one smoke detector go off. If you think you and your family are protected, do some research.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Aug 16, 2010

    :( How tragic. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Desiderata Aug 16, 2010

    Wonder if there was a smoke detector .and if there was ,,was it not working...?? Pray for the family for this needless loss!