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Woman, 67, killed in Holly Springs house fire

Posted January 10, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015

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— A 67-year-old woman died Friday night after her home caught fire in the 3900 block of Circle Drive, Holly Springs officials said.

Emergency crews responded to the home, which is in a neighborhood near Holly Springs Road, at about 11 p.m.

According to family members, Sylvia Hinton was trying to get out of the home. Hinton's daughter, Toni Bradshaw said she found her mother in a hallway of the home with her purse and medications.

"We're used to texting all the time and talking everyday," Bradshaw said. "It's going to be hard."

Neighbors tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the fire and rescue Hinton from the home, officials said.

Investigators say an overloaded electrical outlet in a bedroom caused the fire. A recently-purchased space heater was plugged into the outlet and may have contributed to the overloading, according to Holly Springs Fire Chief LeRoy Smith.

Firefighters found no sign of a smoke detector inside the home. Weather-permitting, Holly Springs firefighters plan to go door-to-door in the neighborhood Monday between 10 and 11 a.m. to offer smoke detector checks. They will install new detectors free of charge in homes without one.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 12, 2015

    Not that it helps in this case, but new electrical code (2008?) calls for AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters) receptacles/breakers to be used in all living quarters in all new homes. It helps prevent fires (and tragedies) like this.

    No doubt, this government regulation will save lives. Tor you Less Gov't folks, yes it might cost an extra $100 to build a new house, but you might not lose your family members.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jan 12, 2015
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    How sad! She was racing the growing smoke, taking a moment to get her meds and of course, her purse and probably warm clothing. One breath of hot gasses weaken the body considerably.