Victims in fatal fire ID’d


Probe ongoing; foul play, arson not suspected

By Chris Berendt - cberendt@civitasmedia.com



A look from Rackley Road at the mobile home on R.A. Lane, Clinton, destroyed by an early-morning blaze Sunday.


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Investigators huddle Sunday morning behind the gutted mobile home at 26 R.A. Lane, Clinton, where two people died as a result of an early-morning fire. The cause is still under investigation.


Chris Berendt|Sampson Independent

Fire departments from Clinton, Turkey, Taylors Bridge and Herring responded to the fire, along with Sampson County EMS and deputies from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Fire Marshal’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office have also been part of the ongoing fire probe.


Chris Berendt|Sampson Independent

The charred home sits at the intersection of Rackley Road and R.A. Lane, a dirt roadway that runs parallel to busy N.C. 24, with nearby train tracks dividing the two.


Chris Berendt|Sampson Independent

Two people who died in an early-morning fire on R.A. Lane Sunday have now been identified as local authorities continue to investigate the cause of the blaze.

James Willis Hollingsworth, 68, and Gwendolyn Taylor Jones, 58, both of the 26 R.A. Lane, Clinton, address were killed in the fire. No foul play is suspected and the probe into the fatal fire is ongoing, authorities said Monday.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, the Sampson County E-911 Center received a report of a house fire at 26 R.A. Lane. Fire departments from Clinton, Turkey, Taylors Bridge and Herring responded along with Sampson County EMS and deputies from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.

Responding units found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames and firefighters subsequently discovered the bodies of two subjects inside the mobile home, according to information released by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Monday morning.

The mobile home sits just east of Clinton at the intersection of Rackley Road and R.A. Lane, a dirt roadway that runs parallel to the train tracks and busy N.C. 24, which are mere yards away.

Emergency personnel were on scene investigating the blaze and the charred remains of the property throughout the day Sunday. Yellow tape was up around the property as fire authorities looked over the gutted home. Personnel with the Clinton Fire Department, Sampson County Emergency Management and Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Sampson Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Barr, were among those at the site of the fire.

Along with the Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Sampson County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene.

“The preliminary investigation and the preliminary review by the medical examiner does not indicate any signs of foul play,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, released on Monday, read. “The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however arson is not suspected at this time.”

A look from Rackley Road at the mobile home on R.A. Lane, Clinton, destroyed by an early-morning blaze Sunday.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_fire1-5.jpgA look from Rackley Road at the mobile home on R.A. Lane, Clinton, destroyed by an early-morning blaze Sunday. Chris Berendt|Sampson Independent

Investigators huddle Sunday morning behind the gutted mobile home at 26 R.A. Lane, Clinton, where two people died as a result of an early-morning fire. The cause is still under investigation.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_fire5-1.jpgInvestigators huddle Sunday morning behind the gutted mobile home at 26 R.A. Lane, Clinton, where two people died as a result of an early-morning fire. The cause is still under investigation. Chris Berendt|Sampson Independent

Fire departments from Clinton, Turkey, Taylors Bridge and Herring responded to the fire, along with Sampson County EMS and deputies from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Fire Marshal’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office have also been part of the ongoing fire probe.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_fire3-4.jpgFire departments from Clinton, Turkey, Taylors Bridge and Herring responded to the fire, along with Sampson County EMS and deputies from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Fire Marshal’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office have also been part of the ongoing fire probe. Chris Berendt|Sampson Independent

The charred home sits at the intersection of Rackley Road and R.A. Lane, a dirt roadway that runs parallel to busy N.C. 24, with nearby train tracks dividing the two.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_fire-4-4.jpgThe charred home sits at the intersection of Rackley Road and R.A. Lane, a dirt roadway that runs parallel to busy N.C. 24, with nearby train tracks dividing the two. Chris Berendt|Sampson Independent
Probe ongoing; foul play, arson not suspected

By Chris Berendt

cberendt@civitasmedia.com

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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