Structure fire

A home at 2518 Beaver Dam Road is a total loss after a fire on Thanksgiving Day.

BEAVER DAM — The Watauga County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of an early morning Nov. 26 fire that resulted in the death of a woman. 

Assistant Fire Marshal Jay Kerley said crews were dispatched to 2518 Beaver Dam Road for a structure fire at 1:09 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The Watauga County Fire Marshal's Office, Beaver Dam Fire, Cove Creek Fire, Fall Creek Fire, Zionville Fire, Watauga Medics, the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the N.C. Office of the State Fire Marshal responded to the scene.

According to Kerley, two people were home at the time of the fire. Michelle L. True, 49, called 911 about the fire after discovering it upon waking up. She and the other occupant of the home escaped. Kerley said True went back into the home for an unknown reason, and died as a result of not making it back out of the home.

The Watauga County Fire Marshal's Office reminded the community of the dangers of reentering a structure that is on fire once they have made it out of the structure.

The other occupant of the home survived. Kerley said the home was a total loss. The Watauga County Fire Marshal's Office cleared the scene at 9:47 a.m. the day of the fire. It was determined that that the origin of the fire was a front room in the home, but Kerley said the cause of the fire was undetermined as of Dec. 1.

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