RAYNHAM — No cause has been determined in a fire that killed a man and sent his wife to the hospital on Friday, according to a Robeson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Robert Hunt, 64, died in the fire at 5603 U.S. 301 near Rowland, Maj. Anthony Thompson said Monday. Hunt’s wife, Linda, was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with the initial investigation, Thompson said.
The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes and Arson Unit responded to the fire at about 8 a.m. and found Hunt’s body inside, Thompson said. Linda Hunt was able to get out of the home.
“Mrs. Linda Hunt was in the kitchen when she heard a noise,” Thompson said.
She then saw that the house was filling up with thick black smoke, the major said. She exited out of a back door.
“She busted out a window in an attempt to find her husband,” Thompson said. “She was unable to find her husband. Mr. Hunt was found laying face down on the living room floor.”
The fire is believed to have started in the attic.
Family members and neighbors at the home Monday declined to comment.
T.C. Hunter can be reached at 910-816-1974.