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Chief: Clues to fatal Godwin fire emerge

Posted October 13, 2010 11:00 a.m. EDT

— Clues at the scene of a fatal fire in Cumberland County could indicate that Angela Cox, 40, tried to put out the flames that eventually claimed her life and the lives of her two grandchildren, Godwin-Falcon Fire Chief Wayne Lucas said.

Cox was found unconscious on the floor in the kitchen at her 8123 Fayetteville Road home in Godwin. The water was running in the sink when firefighters arrived, Lucas said.

Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, said that a passerby noticed smoke and reported the fire around 5 p.m. Monday.

Kayden Shambach, 3, and Chase Shambach, 20 months, were inside the home with Cox and also died.

Cox had been watching the children while their mother was at work at a nearby pork processing plant, neighbors said.

Lucas said his firefighters hypothesized that the fire started in a couch cushion, but he said his was not the investigating agency.