Woman dies in Winterville ministry home fire

Nurses with the NC Jaycee Burn Center confirm Chris Wentling died

WINTERVILLE - A woman is dead after a house fire breaks out at Winterville Christian ministry volunteer home Wednesday, according to hospital officials.

Chris Wentling was sent to NC Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill after suffering severe burns in the fire. 

Thursday morning nurses confirmed Wentling's death. 

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Fire crews were on the scene of a house fire in Winterville, Pitt County at 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday. 

The fire was reported at 6062 Old Tar Road, according to dispatchers. That is just off of Ayden Country Club Road.

Trudy Halstead, the owner of God's Love ministries, says three people escaped from the blaze. Karen Odom, Chris Wentling, and Louis Grooms volunteer for God's Love and live together in the ministry's house.

Halstead also says that Grooms had gotten up to go get some food when the smoke alarms went off. He noticed smoke coming out from under Wentling's bedroom door and pulled her out of the house. Odom was able to make it out of the house on her own and call 911 for help.

According to Halstead, Chris Wentling was taken to the burn unit in the hospital at UNC - Chapel Hill to be treated for burns on her back, hands, and face. Wentling remains in the burn center.

The house is a total loss.  Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire but they believe it started in the front bedroom.

If you would like to help out the people who lived at the home, you can contact God's Love ministries at 252-641-4232 or 252-227-3000.

Some of the items needed include furniture, clothing and socks.

Men's sizes needed: 36 inch waist, 32 length pants, XL shirts, 9-9.5 shoes.

Women's sizes needed: Large, XL, 2x-3x shirts, 7.5 and 8.5 shoes and 10-12 pants. Also needed are 2x pants.

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