Investigation underway in Conover after 71-year-old dies in house fire, officials say

CONOVER, N.C — Authorities are investigating a deadly house fire in Catawba County Thursday morning that killed a 71-year-old woman.

Firefighters responded to a fire at home on Water Wheel Drive just north of Conover early this morning. Channel 9′s Dave Faherty learned that Beverly Register died in the house. Family members said she lived at the home alone.

A neighbor shared a video of the fire where you can see what firefighters faced when they arrived. Flames had already broken through the roof and were spreading quickly across the home.

The fire is still under investigation, but the family tells Channel 9 it started in the kitchen. At the scene, the damage is still visible.

One neighbor was told to leave their home as firefighters worked to get the fire under control as a precaution.

Register’s family told Channel 9 she will be remembered as a loved person.

“She would tell a complete stranger how beautiful they were. How much she loved them. That was one of her biggest faults; she loved everybody,” said Susan Andrews, Register’s sister-in-law. “She lived independently and enjoyed life to the fullest.”

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