Woman suffers burns in Southport house fire

Woman suffers burns in Southport house fire

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) - A homeowner was injured and brought to the hospital, after a late-night fire at her house in Southport.

It happened at 110 North Caswell Avenue.

According to authorities, the homeowner and her two cats were the only ones in the house at the time of the fire.

The homeowner was able to escape but received burns to her face and hands. She was brought to New Hanover Regional Medical Center before being sent to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.

Officials said she was in stable condition and remains hospitalized in Chapel Hill, as of Thursday afternoon. No other injuries have been reported.

“The majority of the house is lost due to the fire,” Fire Chief Charles Drew said. "There are some salvageable items that the family will be able to get out of the house.

Looks like it started on the bottom floor in the den area. We have not made a ruling yet on the exact cause- it’s undetermined right now. But we do know it’s not suspicious in nature."

Officials were eventually able to determine that the fire was accidental and electrical in nature.

Crews have been unable to locate the cats. A secondary search is expected on Thursday morning.

Drew said the fire department recently installed smoke detectors in the home.

“One thing that I would like to say is two months ago we were at this house installing residential fire alarms for the resident," Drew said. "And I do believe they played a big part because early warning devices in the time of an emergency or smoke is what’s going to save your life. Because she had those, that’s what alerted her that there was a fire in the house.”

Strong teamwork tonight. Working Structure Fire downtown Southport off Caswell Ave. Units arrived finding heavy smoke...

Posted by Southport Fire Department on Thursday, January 16, 2020

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