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Bethlehem fire breaks out in early morning hours


Updated Jan. 26, 4:07 p.m.

Home burns January 24

In the middle of the night, a Bethlehem woman and her son had to jump to safety from a second story window when their home caught fire over the weekend.

About 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, the Bethlehem Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 109 Belle Acres Lane, off Advent Church Road, according to Alexander County Fire Marshal Russell Greene. Firefighters arrived to find single family residential structure heavily involved with fire.

After their cat woke them up, occupants ReDina Moretz and her son, Luke, were forced to jump from a second story window to escape the fire. Both were transported by Alexander County EMS to Frye Regional Medical Center. 

Bethlehem firefighters were assisted by Ellendale and Wittenburg fire departments and remained on the scene for five hours. The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

The home was a total loss, and all personal belongings were lost in the fire, the Fire Marshal stated. He estimated the dollar value of the home at $75,000.

        Greene said he was told by family members that Ms. Moretz was still hospitalized on 
the morning of Monday, January 26. She has injuries sustained from jumping approximately 13 feet from the second story window to the ground.


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