- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CORDOVA, N.C. (AP) - Two people have died when a fire burned their home in Richmond County.

The Richmond County Daily Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1MygmLu) that 87-year-old T.L. Melton and 91-year-old Ruth Melton died in the fire early Monday.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said the home near the Cordova community was destroyed.

Federal, state and local officials are investigating the cause of the fire. There is no immediate indication of foul play.

Firefighters were called to the home shortly before 5 a.m. Monday. Cordova Deputy Fire Chief Jeremy Chance said firefighters entered a back bedroom to try to get to the victims but were forced back by the fire.

Chance said it took about an hour to put out the flames.

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Information from: Richmond County Daily Journal, https://yourdailyjournal.com

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