Man dies in Wilson County house fire
Posted March 4
Updated March 5
Elm City, N.C. — A man who used a wheelchair was killed Tuesday in a house fire in Elm City that also injured his mother and grandmother.
Authorities said Naquane Farmer, 28, died in the fire that consumed the small, wood-frame house at 515 E. Wilson St. His mother, Angela Barham, 48, and grandmother, Alice Barham, 75, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Firefighters said a leaky propane heater appears to be the cause of the blaze, which broke out about 7 p.m. It took firefighters five hours to extinguish the flames.
Tarsheka Hines, who identified herself as a cousin of Farmer, said he was paralyzed several years ago from an accident.
“I've known people's houses who have caught fire but nothing like this," she said. "This is a tragedy. We’ve lost someone who was dear to the community."