2 fatal Robeson County house fires blamed on space heaters, officials say

The latest fire occurred at 903 Meadow Road around 5 a.m. Wednesday in Lumberton.

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Two fatal fires in two days in Robeson County were possibly caused by space heaters, officials say.

The latest fire occurred at 903 Meadow Road around 5 a.m. Wednesday in Lumberton.

Family members identified the victim as 61-year-old Terry Smith.

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Smith was known throughout the town as the “community mechanic”.

Family members also say although Smith lived alone. He had seven children.

Northwoods Fire Chief said the cause is still under investigation but space heaters appear to be linked.

On Tuesday, a former highway patrolman died in a Pembroke house fire.

Robeson County Fire Marshal Stephanie Chavis says the fire was reported at 12:56 a.m. Prospect Fire Department, Burnt Swamp Fire Department and Pembroke Rural Fire Department responded along with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office’s arson and homicide divisions.

On arrival, fire crews say the single story brick house was fully involved.

Chavis said the body of Michael Wayne Chavis, 58, of Philadelphus Road in Pembroke was found inside his home after the fire was put out.

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