1 Dead, 1 Hospitalized After House Fire In Thomasville

4:45 PM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a house fire Monday morning in Thomasville.

The fire happened in the 400 block of Rich Hilton Road. Davidson County Communications says a neighbor reported the fire shortly after 6 a.m.

Firefighters said an 80-year-old woman was dead when they arrived at the burning home. Her son identified her as Betty Lou Beck Hilton. A passerby rescued Hilton's 60-year-old daughter-in-law, Debbie Hilton. She was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment.

Davidson County Sheriff David Grice told WFMY News 2, "There's no indication at this time that [the fire] was intentionally set."

Family members say Debbie Hilton normally spends day with Betty Lou Beck Hilton. Betty Lou had polio and used a walker to get around. 

Investigators say an electrical malfunction caused the fire.

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