Winston-Salem fire investigators have released the name of a woman who died in an early-morning fire Sunday.
Anjanette Ford, 45, died in a house fire that injured another woman and two children, according to a news release from the Winston-Salem Fire Department. The other woman and the two children were treated at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and released.
Investigators concluded that the fire was likely caused by unattended cooking. Ford owned the house in the 2000 block of Flag Street. An autopsy showed that Ford died from smoke inhalation and toxic gases produced by the fire.
The house had three smoke alarms, but none of them worked. Ford’s bedroom was partially open, which allowed smoke and gases to fill the room.
Josephine Bashaka, 45, who lives on the same street as Ford, told the Winston-Salem Journal earlier this week that Ford was a close friend and that the two had moved to Flag Street around the same time in 2004.
“She was funny. She’d cook for me,” Bashaka said about Ford. “We’d watch sports and African movies together. She was my best friend. She was like a sister to me. We used to joke that when we turned 50, we’d go to the beach and wear bikinis.”
In the news release, the Winston-Salem Fire Department urged people to have working smoke alarms, to sleep with their bedroom doors shut and to stay by the stove while cooking. The fire department said the use of stovetop fire-suppression canisters could have prevented the fire from spreading.
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