Update: Victim Of Fatal House Fire Identified

One person died in a house fire June 26, 2021 on N. Sussex Drive in Smithfield. Photo by John Payne

UPDATE 8:50PM – Smithfield Police have identified the victim as 58 year-old Judith Ann Phillips. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

SMITHFIELD – One person was found dead after firefighters responded to an early morning house fire in Smithfield. The fire was reportedly shortly before 2:00am on N. Sussex Drive off Canterbury Road.

Firefighters discovered flames coming from a side window of the smoke filled duplex. The victim was found in a front room but efforts to save her life were not successful.

One person died in a house fire June 26, 2021 on N. Sussex Drive in Smithfield. Photo by John Payne

Two other residents and a dog escaped uninjured. The Red Cross responded to assist two adults who also lived in the duplex.

Smithfield Police and the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause.

One person died in a house fire June 26, 2021 on N. Sussex Drive in Smithfield. Photo by John Payne

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