NEW DETAILS: Victim identified in deadly fire


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department says one person is dead after a house fire Sunday night.

It happened at 4308 Peachtree Avenue 10:00 p.m. Neighbors say they heard some kind of an explosion. Investigators said Steven Dale Worsham, 54, died in the incident.

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“I heard a loud explosion and then some pops behind it,” Christine Lyons said. “It definitely went up really quick. By the time firefighters got here, it was gone.”

Investigators said the fire started in the sleeping area, and they have ruled out arson as a potential cause. The home was being renovated when the fire started. Worsham’s friend and neighbor, Anthony Parker, said the victim remodeled homes for a living.

“It was just a total surprise, because a lot of times he works at night,” Parker said. “He’d do anything he could for you.”

Other neighbors have already placed flowers by the house for Worhsam. Parker said he lost more than a neighbor.

“We were just together the day before. I’m gonna miss him,” Parker said.

The fire remains under investigation.