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December 11, 2013

Blaze claims Macclesfield woman's life

MACCLESFIELD — MACCLESFIELD — An early morning fire claimed the life of a Macclesfield woman and sent her husband to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Additionally, two firefighters — one who complained of chest pains and one who had to be transported to Wilson Medical Center with an ankle injury — required emergency treatment.

According to Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Rogerson, Edgecombe County dispatchers received a 911 call about a structure fire at 507 Green St. at approximately 5:08 a.m. Tuesday morning. The caller stated there was a victim trapped inside the house.

Rogerson said when members of the Macclesfield Volunteer Fire Department arrived five minutes later, they saw one person standing outside the home and observed smoke coming from the home. They learned there was still someone trapped inside the home and when they made entry to the residence, they found 73-year-old Judy Morris Corbett.

The firefighters removed Corbett from inside the residence and she was later pronounced dead.

Her husband, Robert Lee Corbett, Jr., was transported to Vidant Medical Center and was later released according to a spokeswoman for the hospital.

Rogerson said the residence was not a total loss, but that it did suffer a lot of heat and smoke damage to its interior. There was one room that had extensive damage, but the remainder of the residence had spots where smoke damage was located.

Rogerson said he couldn't confirm if the fire was accidental or not because the sheriff's office and State Bureau of Investigations are still investigating to determine the cause.

Corbett's death was the first fire-related death in the county in more than two years.

The last fire related death in Edgecombe County was Jan. 5, 2012 when firefighters found Bennie Wayne Strickland, Sr., at his Acorn Hill Subdivision home near his back door after fire had destroyed the residence.

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