UPDATE: Elderly couple killed in Gastonia house fire

UPDATE: Elderly couple killed in Gastonia house fire

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 10:13 AM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- An elderly couple was killed in an early morning house fire in Gastonia on Monday, according to emergency officials.

Firefighters were called to a home around 5:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of Seigle Avenue. That is off South Marietta Street.

(Click to see images from the scene)

Fire officials said 78-year-old Ernest Adams and 57-year-old Angela Smith Wilson died inside the home during the fire, but their daughter, 37-year-old Christa Andrene Smith, was able to escape. 

Wilson was physically handicapped, according to officials.  Firefighters said they found one body in a hallway and the second in a bedroom. 

Neighbor Randy Jenkins said he was unable to get into the house because of the flames.

"I put my shoes on, I ran over there," Jenkins said. "I tried to go in, but the flames were just so big and smoky over there, I couldn't do nothing."

Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire. 

"When firefighters got here they said it was fully involved, meaning there were flames coming from the house.  Heavy, heavy involved house," said Jim Landis of the Gastonia Fire Department. 

Landis also said that water and fire damage are severe. 

"There's so much intense damage in the house, structurally wise, they're having to go through and be extra cautious."

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