According to Alexander County Fire Marshal Mark Earle, emergency personnel were dispatched at 4:49 a.m. to a structure fire at a home on White Tail Lane in the Bethlehem community.
Bethlehem, Wittenburg, and Ellendale fire departments and Alexander County EMS responded to the fire. The fire marshal, sheriff’s office, and State Bureau of Investigation were on the scene.
Earle said positive identification of the victim will be determined following an autopsy. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The home was a total loss.