ONLY ON 3: Mother and daughter died in Cherokee County house fire
By WRCB Staff
CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC (WRCB) -
A mother and daughter passed away in a house fire Monday morning, and another daughter managed to escape out a bedroom window.
Family members are now trying to come to terms with their loss.
Cherokee County Communications got a call about a house fire on Pine Grove Drive shortly after 5:00am Monday.
The caller, which police say was Lorinda Parker, told the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office that the home was on fire and there were two other people inside that she couldn't’t get out.
Parker then returned to a bedroom and broke a window and escaped the burning residence.
"She said when she opened the door the flames were too strong and she couldn't get out," said Lauren Kilpatrick, "So she just broke out the window and came to the door and said it was locked. There was nothing she could do.
Smoke and flames woke up Lauren Kilpatrick's mother and she barely made it out of the house alive.
Lorinda's mother, 78-year-old Loretta Parker, and her sister, 59-year-old Teresa Parker, didn't get out in time..
"It's kind of hard when you wake up early one morning and you find out that your two loved ones are passing away when we're what, three days out from Thanksgiving?"
Lauren Kilpatrick just got home from college, expecting to spend Thanksgiving at her grandmother's house like she does every year.
"Like it is every year, it's been here every morning since I could remember when I was younger," Kilpatrick said.
This holiday will be spent remembering their loved ones ---- two women who were loved by many.
"We'll all be together just like we planned anyway, but it won't be the same," Alicia Parker said.
Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer said the fire started in the kitchen shortly after 5 a.m.
"We're not sure at this point if it was a grease fire or some other type of fire, but it did look like there were attempts at putting that fire out," Sheriff Palmer said, "The two individuals that did not make it were probably trying to get the others out of the house and were overcome by smoke inhalation."
Sheriff Palmer says the cause of the fire is still under investigation but it appears to have been just an accidental cooking fire.
The home will have to be knocked down, and the surviving victims are for now staying with family.
Sheriff Palmer said, “I want to express our deepest sympathies during this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out the family and loved ones of the deceased.”
Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:49:44 GMT
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