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Two killed in Granville County house fire

Posted October 22, 2014

— Two people were killed Wednesday afternoon in a house fire in Granville County, authorities said.

The fire happened around 2 p.m. on U.S. Highway 15 South and Hester Road near Creedmoor.

Eileen Carmack, 87, and her daughter, Cindy, 49, died in the blaze.

It was unclear what caused the fire, but the house was destroyed.

Brandon Warren drove by the fire, stopped, and tried to help but was overcome by the smoke and flames.

"Went to the back door on the back deck, tried to open the door, the door was locked so I kicked it in," he said. "When I kicked it in, smoke just poured out."

Judging from where the bodies were recovered, it appeared that Elieen Carmack was attempting to help her daughter escape, Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins said.

"She looked after her children, and especially her daughter, all her life, and it's just a sad situation to see it all end this way," he said.


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  • annecrews Oct 23, 2014

    Creedmoor has an outstanding fire dept and we appreciate their brave service. My prayers for those lost and their family.

  • USMC Vet Oct 22, 2014

    "...Sheriff Brindell Wilkins said they were an 87-year-old woman and her 49-year-old daughter, who had special needs."

    Oh Lord, how sad.
    Prayers for their loved ones.

  • moongoose Oct 22, 2014

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    Unless you were there and seen the conditions that the firemen pulled up with and fought you have no idea what thise men and women are able to do and what they did to try and save who and what they could.

  • fireman1234 Oct 22, 2014

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    Educated in what? The responders ARE professionals. Do not know how fire started, and very,very sorry for the loss of the family. But don't blame the "local departments" for their actions. I'm sure they did the best job they could do under the circumstances they were dealt with. The house looks like it is fully involved with fire. Probably was that way when the "local departments" got there.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 22, 2014

    Were they in there sleeping? In the middle of the day?

  • jmoxley2010 Oct 22, 2014

    I feel for the families, but somewhat believe that this could have been thwarted if the local departments were better educated on how to handle these situations.