Officials: Fatal house fire in Kill Devil Hills deemed accidental


KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WAVY/WNCT) — The fire department in Kill Devil Hills says two people have died after a large house fire Sunday morning.

According to first responders, the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department was made aware of a fire in the 200 block of Pine Grove Trail just before 4:30 a.m.

The Colington and Nags Head fire departments, along with Kill Devil Hills Police, and Dare County EMS responded to the call as well.

By the time crews were able to put out the blaze, the two-story home was heavily damaged.

Later Sunday morning, fire officials confirmed two people had died as a result of the fire.

The fire victims were identified as 39-year-old Ann Rachell Horton and her son, Sebastian Lopez.

Officials said the origin of the fire was determined to have started on the wooden deck on the ground floor of Apartment B.

The cause of the fire was an unattended charcoal cooking grill that was close to the combustibles on the deck, officials said.

The fire is deemed to be accidental.

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