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Durham father dies in Saturday morning house fire

An early morning house fire led to the death of a 73-year-old Durham man.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday, Durham firefighters were called to a blaze at 1205 West Horseshoe Road, near Highway 70 in eastern Durham County, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Three people were inside the home when the fire started. William Davis Jr. was outside when firefighters got there, according to the sheriff’s office, telling first responders two others were still inside the burning home.

Firefighters pulled the man’s father, William Davis Sr., 73, and Kyiandre Terry, 39, from the home. Davis Sr. was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died, the sheriff’s office said.

Terry remains in the UNC burn center in Chapel Hill receiving treatment for her injuries, the release said, and Davis Jr. was treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital and then released.

The sheriff’s office and Durham County fire marshal are investigating the cause of the fire.

This story was updated at 3:51 p.m., March 25, 2018 with clarifying information from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office about the woman who was injured in the fire.

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