ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — An Altamahaw-Ossipee firefighter and Alamance County paramedic lost his daughter in a fire at his own home near Elon, according to Fire Chief Edward Lipscomb Jr. and the A-O Fire Department.
At about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, A-O Fire Department responded to a house fire on Burch Bridge Road, Fire Chief Edward Lipscomb Jr. said.
The address was the home of paramedic Eddie Thomas, who was responding to the scene, Lipscomb told FOX8.
On the way, emergency teams learned that one person was possibly trapped inside.
The first unit on scene saw smoke and quickly started working to put out the flames and find the person trapped inside.
Crews found Thomas’s daughter, 40-year-old Candice Wynn, a mother herself, and took her out of the burning home.
Emergency personnel used CPR, and Thomas also worked on his daughter before she was taken to a hospital where she later died.
“I said it, I’d be a wreck out there, Eddie never missed a beat, and that’s the kind of guy he is, he did everything he could," Lipscomb said.
Firefighters met Tuesday night to discuss the tragedy.
“We’re family, and it’s heartbreaking to see that, and as a parent, I can’t imagine what he’s going through," Lipscomb said.
The Alamance County Fire Marshall Office and North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshall are investigating the fire.
The American Red Cross is helping the family.
“The A-O Fire Department is saddened by this tragic event,” the fire department said in a news release. “… Please keep the member of our department and his family in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult (time). A GoFundMe has been setup for him and family to help with medical expenses, funeral expenses and property loss.”
Family members thanked the community for support, and asked for prayers.
“One way or another, We’re going to raise the money he needs to rebuild his house, replace his clothes, we can’t replace his daughter but we need to help him do what’s right for her," Lipscomb said.
The department is also collecting donations at their station located at 2806 Old North Carolina 87, Elon, NC 27244.