COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Fire crews have responded to three house fires in the past 24 hours all within Columbus County. Now, those who lived in the homes are looking for places to stay.
The first fire happened around 3:45 Tuesday afternoon off of Thompson Town Road south of Whiteville. Fire Marshal Scott Merritt said there were no injuries sustain during the fire, but that two adults are out of a home.
Merritt said they do not know how the fire started and that the fire is under investigation.
The second fire happened less than an hour later in Delco. Steve Camlin with Acme Delco Riegelwood Fire and Rescue said the fire at 40 Chevrolet Drive started as a cooking fire that got out of control.
The fire spread to three propane tanks which fueled the fire through most of the house according to Camlin. More than two dozen firefighters from three different fire departments responded to the blaze.
The family's dog died in the fire. Camlin said the house sustained heavy smoke, fire, and water damage estimated at about $100,000.
The third fire happened Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. off of NC 410 between Chadbourn and Tabor City. Scott Merritt said the fire broke out at a home located at 54 Simmons Lane. The fire has been ruled accidental.
Merritt said the fire was contained to the attic portion of the home, but that it has been considered a total loss. No one was home when the fire took place, but two adults and a teenager are without a place to live.
The Red Cross responded to offer aid to the three families in need.
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