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One killed in Wake Forest fire

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WAKE FOREST — A house fire killed one and seriously injured another early Tuesday morning, the Wake Forest Fire Department said. 

Fire crews responded around 3:20 a.m. to 406 E. Walnut Ave. where they found fire engulfing the front portion of a single-story home.

The porch and front two rooms were on fire when firefighters arrived, Battalion Chief Ed Barrett said.

The fire was controlled and extinguished at 3:37 a.m. Crews used around 1,000 gallons of water to put it out.

Fire crews found a man and a woman who were the only occupants of the home, Barrett said.

CPR was immediately performed on both victims, who were transported to the hospital. The woman died at the hospital, barrett said. The man has serious injuries. Names have not been released. 

Around 25 Wake Forest firefighters fought the blaze while New Hope engine three stood by at Station One to respond to any other calls, Barrett said. 

Smoke damage is throughout the entire home while the first quarter of the house shows fire damage, he added.

“The C-shift crew did an excellent job,” Barrett said. “Everyone worked very quickly.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.