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Two dead in Edgecombe County house fire

Posted March 5

— A father and daughter were killed in a house fire in Fountain Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responded to 2010 Old Market Rd., located in the southern part of Edgecombe County, where a couple in their 60s lived. The fire started as one of them cleaned out ashes from a wood stove, authorities said. The couple's daughter, who lives nearby, heard about the fire and rushed over to help.

The daughter, Barbara Joiner Harris, was able to get her mother out. When she went back for her father, Jimmie Harris, both were overcome by smoke.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but authorities believe the fire accidentally started near the wood heater.

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