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One dead in Fayetteville house fire

Posted November 23, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014

— Residents on the 900 block of Washington Drive in Fayetteville woke up at about 6 a.m. Sunday to a man banging on their doors for help.

His girlfriend was trapped inside a burning home.

By the time Alinda Santos made it outside, the house at 922 Washington Drive was engulfed in flames.

"It was flames coming out the window and then it started popping, like stuff started popping out the window," she said.

Flames and heavy smoke were visible when firefighters arrived. Loretta Archer, 54, was in cardiac arrest when she was taken out of the home. She later died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Neighbors said the woman was known as 'Ms. Loretta.'

"The fact that we knew her and we actually had just seen her a few hours before all this happened, like we were just with her and that's what, you know, really gets to you," said neighbor Cynthia Davis.

Santos was saddened by the loss of her neighbor.

"She was a real nice lady," she said. "She didn't bother anybody. She stayed to herself."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Investigators said no foul play is suspected.


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