LINCOLNTON, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A fire that killed a 41-year-old Lincolnton woman early Tuesday morning is believed to have started from the kitchen stove, according to the Lincoln County Fire Marshal.
The fire broke out around 3:45 a.m. at a house located along Park Circle.
Firefighters tell FOX 46 Charlotte the fire quickly traveled through the home. They attempted to make entry into the house but the fire was too involved for anyone to enter without special equipment.
Firefighters with special equipment were eventually able to enter the house and pull out a woman, identified as Bonnie Michelle Smith, 41, who was already deceased.
#BREAKING one woman who lived in home on Park Circle is dead after early morning fire ripped through home. Lincolnton firefighters tell me they got here around 3:45AM @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/f2pMDsAfjJ— Lauren Dugan (@DuganFOX46) August 7, 2018
The house sustained heavy damage, including shattered windows and a large hole in the roof.
Lincolnton Firefighters shifting through what’s left of home. Big whole through roof and windows look like they have been punched out... it’s shattered. This is right across the street from Lincolnton Middle School @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/26eE8XokgG— Lauren Dugan (@DuganFOX46) August 7, 2018
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives and the Lincoln County Fire Marshal are investigating to determine the cause of the fire and how the woman died. The death appears to be related to the fire, they said.