ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — The woman who died in a house fire outside Burlington has been identified as 40-year-old Kristina Rutledge. Her dog also died.
A neighbor told FOX8 Rutledge was the “sweetest lady you’d ever meet.”
Officials say she lived at home with her boyfriend. He survived but could not save her.
In a 911 call about the fire, the caller claims to have spoken with that boyfriend.
“The man said he had to jump out his back window,” the caller said. “The flames were so high he couldn’t get to her he said.”
The caller also informed 911 operators that there was a woman inside the home.
E.M Holt Fire Department Chief Mark Fuqua said that call helped them to know what they were dealing with.
“When we got here we went in rescue mode and made our attack to go in,” Fuqua said. “And they found her immediately as they went in, they went into the kitchen area, they found a female on the floor, pulled her out and started CPR.”
Reports of the fire at 2946 Hickory Hill Road came in at about 8:30 a.m. Fire officials say it took four departments and 30 firefighters to get the flames under control.
Investigators are still working to determine a cause for the fire and a cause of death for Kristina Rutledge.