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86-year-old woman killed in house fire

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Investigators say an 86-year-old woman died this morning when her Wilmington mobile home caught on fire. It happened just after 6 a.m. at a trailer park on Burnett Blvd. behind Winnie's Tavern. Caroline Poggot was inside the mobile home.

"Investigators determined that the cause of the fire was accidental," Battalion Chief David Hines said. "It was caused from an electrical malfunction in a wall receptacle, located here behind a bookshelf in the living room."

Hines says a lamp was plugged into that outlet. Firefighters had a hard time finding Poggot because her home was filled with so much clutter. They say she probably died from smoke inhalation.

Friends prayed and laid flowers down in her memory. They say she was healthy as an ox. She walked everywhere, and even in her 80's, could lift her leg over her head.

"Strong as a horse," Poggot's landloard Jean John said. "From her neck down she looked like she was 25.">

Poggot had been living in the mobile home since the early 1960s. Neighbors say Winnie's tavern is like the show "Cheers," and Poggot had been hanging out here for almost 50 years. Now friends are going to have a memorial service for her here in the coming weeks.

Hines says the investigation is closed. An autopsy will not be performed.

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