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Fire was second for Fayetteville family

Posted December 12, 2012
Updated December 13, 2012

— In a tragic twist, a Fayetteville woman who lost everything in a house fire just two years ago was herself killed Wednesday morning when her current home went up in flames. 25-year-old Ashley Nicole Bullock and her sons, Trevon, 6, and Andrew, 5, were trapped in a bedroom and died. 

Emergency crews responded to the single-story home, in the 8500 block of Cliffdale Road, at about 2:30 a.m. Juwann Bullock, working second shift, arrived home to find firefighters still working to put out the blaze that claimed his family. He told investigators that the home had working smoke detectors. 

Cliffdale Road fire Mother, 2 sons killed in Fayetteville fire

Martin Kearse, a family friend, recalled that first fire.  

"It happened two years ago. She was at work and got a call and evidently a heater that was supposed to shut off didn't shut off at her old residence," Kearse said. "They lost everything. I wish she was at work now because she would still be here. I just can't imagine it." 

Kearse described the children as "typical, happy boys."

"I mean, they were fun, they were playful," he said.

It took nine units from the Fayetteville Fire Department about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control after it broke through the home's roof. Authorities did not say what caused the fire, but said it appeared to start in the rear of the home. 

The Red Cross said Wednesday it will help provide shelter, food, clothing and emotional support to Juwann Bullock and others impacted by the fire.

Fayetteville police closed the eastbound lanes of Cliffdale Road near Hoke Loop Road and diverted all traffic into the westbound lanes while crews investigated the fire. 


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  • Just Plain Common Sense Dec 13, 2012

    Like I said yesterday, this is suspicious and anybody who thinks otherwise is just in denial or fooling themselves.

  • btneast Dec 13, 2012

    the smoke kills her

    Yep, its the smoke that gets you way before the fire does. Its more than smoke, its more or less poison gas, depending on what is burning. Most people think its like smoke from your grill and that they can just tough it out with maybe their shirt over their face, but its way more than that. Stay as low as you can , as the smoke/fumes rise. Crawl out. Trying to rescue or exit in an upright position will get you killed in most cases.

  • seanmic33 Dec 12, 2012

    May God bless the family and all who have suffered or will suffer from this terrible trajedy. Another reminder of how precious life really is! May the Lord take you into his graces.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Dec 12, 2012

    I would have died trying to save mine. I would not have thought to leave and come in thru another window. Good idea. Sad, sad...just sad.

  • anderson Dec 12, 2012

    I can't even begin to fathom losing my family...may God be with the family and friends who have suffered this loss

  • ellengraham5660 Dec 12, 2012

    very sad........

  • busyasabee Dec 12, 2012

    So sorry for your loss! Praying for the families!

  • Grand Union Dec 12, 2012

    Have a plan to get out of the house and show the kids how to do it if the smoke alarm goes off. tell them just to get out and not wait for Mom or Dad to get them out. If the Fire and/or smoke is between you and your kids thats the only way you and they will survive.

    "Awful. Suspicious, too."

    Possibly but it happens, alarm goes off and kids are cut off from Mom by smoke and fire, Mom makes the very understandable mistake of trying to get to the kids and the smoke kills her and then them. Smoke will kill in seconds. In a small house like that its better to go out the window and around to their window and get them out that way. Better still, tell them to go out the window as soon as they hear the alarm and go to friends house next door or similar.

  • mommy2mkg2 Dec 12, 2012

    So sad :( prayers to the family

  • apennyforyourthoughts Dec 12, 2012

    Prayers to the husband and family! So sorry to hear such a horrible tragedy.