Family members share details of woman killed in North Carolina house fire

By Star Connor Kiera Humes

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RUN DEEP, Lenoir County (WLOS) – A deadly house fire claimed the life of a Lenoir County woman.

On Saturday, NewsChannel12 learned new details from the woman’s family.

“It was God’s plan. That’s all I can say. It was God’s plan, and maybe she’s in a completely better place for what she’s about to go through,” expressed Debby Barwick.

Debby Barwick held back tears as she talked about her sister, Juanita Martin, who died in the Deep Run house fire on Friday, December 3.

Barwick said her sister has just been diagnosed with cancer and is in a resuscitation tank. She also said Juanita’s husband was also at home at the time of the fire. He was injured trying to save Juanita, according to Barwick.

“He is at Chapel Hill. He is in a critical condition. He’s on life support,” Barwick shared. “He had burns all over his body, down his throat, to his lungs and arms.”

Barwick said the pain of losing his sister was unbearable.

“She is mine,” Barwick declared. “I love her to death. She is a good sister.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials say nothing appears to be criminal.

A gofundme has been established to help cover Juanita Martin’s funeral costs and Rob Martin’s medical expenses.

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