The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 30, 2013

Fire destroys Pinetops home

PINETOPS — PINETOPS – An electrical fire completely destroyed a single-wide trailer on Highway 111/122 North just south of Davistown-Mercer Road Friday morning.

No one was injured in the blaze, but the homeowner lost everything in the residence, including what they had received for Christmas.

South Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Department received a structure fire call around 11:30 a.m. and when they arrived the home was engulfed with flames and pouring out the top of the home.

According to Edgecombe County Fire Marshal Butch Beach, five fire departments responded to the scene to help extinguish the flames.

"The fire started with an electrical failure between the bedroom and kitchen," Beach said. "The home is a total loss and nothing could be saved."

Traffic on 111/122 was diverted to allow the first responders free movement and to reduce the traffic in the area.

The homeowner, Carolyn Bullock, told WITN that her daughter saw smoke and fire and alerted everyone to get outside.

Fortunately for Bullock and her family, they do have insurance, according to Beach.

This was the seventh fire in the county since the week before Christmas. Two of those fires claimed three lives. Two fatalities were claimed in a Macclesfield fire on Green Street that took the lives of Bob and Judy Corbett and the third death came as a result of an electrical fire in Rocky Mount, where the homeowner left a drop-cord plugged in underneath a rug and it sparked a fire and destroyed the home.

Beach said there are several tips that can help prevent fires and people usually don't pay attention to small things that cause the fires.

"If you are using lights for holiday decorations and leave home then you need to unplug them until you arrive back," Beach said. "If you are going to use an extension cord as a source of electricity then don't place a rug over top of the plug-in. Just use the extension cord temporarily for a source of power."

Beach also said if you burn wood in a fire place or wood heater that is connected to the fireplace, then you need to have your chimney inspected before using it.

In one of the fires, Beach said the fire started in the chimney, because of a crack in it and the fire spread to the roof and caused extensive damage to the home.

The American Red Cross was on the scene quickly Friday and were able to help the fire crews, Beach said.

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