January 5, 2014
PINNACLE — An early morning blaze on Sunday, at a home located at 906 Sam Scott Road in the Shoals community of Pinnacle, resulted in the death of Nanette Hill, 49. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations and the Surry County Fire Marshal’s office.
According to Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton, the home was fully engulfed in flames when units arrived on the scene just after 3 a.m. and despite the possibility that a resident may be in the home, Shelton said the fire was “burning way too hot…an extremely hot fire” and there was “no way to go in while it was fully engulfed.”
Hill’s remains were found after the fire was fully extinguished at 4:08 a.m. Sunday and were sent to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for further investigation.
As of Sunday evening, SBI and the fire marshal’s office had not established the origin or cause of the fire. Shelton added that there was no indication of foul play, but the investigation was still open.
The 911 call was placed at 3:01 a.m. on Sunday after a neighbor nearby noticed the house on Sam Scott Road was on fire, according to Shelton. It took about one hour and several departments working together to bring the “extremely hot fire” under control. The home was “fully destroyed” by the fire — “burnt down to the ground,” according to Shelton.
Units on the scene included Pinnacle Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department, Shoals Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders, the Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad, Surry County EMS, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, the Fire Marshal’s Office, and the SBI.