A 77-year-old woman died in a house fire early today as she and her son were crawling to the front door, Johnston County Sheriff's Capt. Buck Pipkin said.
Firefighters found Lorraine Speight Jones's body on the covered front porch of her family home on Beulahtown Road outside Kenly.
The fire erupted sometime after 3 a.m. The victim's son, Reginald Jones, smelled smoke and heard the house's smoke detectors sounding, Pipkin said. By the time firefighters arrived, the old, vinyl-sided house was consumed in flame.
Lorraine Jones's husband, Aaron Jones, 75, and her daughter, Priscilla Jones, 45, escaped out the rear of the house, Pipkin said. Reginald Jones, 44, managed to get out of the house after part of the roof collapsed on him and his mother.
After the debris struck him and his mother, the intense heat forced him to flee without her, Pipkin said. Reginald Jones was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.
Fire officials don't know what started the blaze, but they do not suspect foul play, Pipkin said.