A woman was killed in a Burke County fire early Thursday morning (November 25). Shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, the Burke County Emergency Communications Center received a report of a structure fire at 5598 Farris Loop in Morganton. Emergency Communications was told there may be an occupant inside the residence.
The West End Fire Department was dispatched to the address. When firefighters arrived they found a single-story residential structure fully involved in fire. One of the occupants told responders that one person was still inside, and was unable to escape.
Firefighters immediately began search and rescue efforts in conjunction with fire suppression tactics. They were unable to rescue the victim due to the intense fire conditions. The victim is identified as 54-year-old Mary Louise Mode of the home.
The fire was brought under control quickly. Firefighters remained on the scene for more than five hours. The fire originated from a heating source in the residence.
The Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire in conjunction with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
Firefighters from West End, Glen Alpine and Brendletown Fire Departments responded with equipment and manpower to extinguish the fire. Mutual aid resources from Nebo, Dysartsville and Marion Fire Departments in McDowell County responded to support water supply and manpower efforts. West End Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office, Burke County EMS, Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the NC SBI also responded to assist with the fire.