TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. -- One person was killed in a Tuesday morning house fire in Alexander County.

The fire broke out at 304 Willard Mesimore Road near Old Landfill Road just south of Taylorsville around 8:40 a.m.

A neighbor driving by saw the smoke, and three fire departments were called to put out the blaze.

The victim has not been identified, but officials said it is believed to be the female resident of the house.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire, which destroyed the home.

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