BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been a busy weekend for firefighters in Brunswick County. Crews responded to at least three fires
One homeowner was taken to the hospital, and two firefighters received minor injuries.
Friday night workers responded to two fires less than an hour apart.
“The crews at all of these fires responded quickly, did the best job they could, and I think that we had good responses on all of the fires, and we’re hoping that it’ll quiet down for a little while,” Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.
One fire near the intersection of Boone’s Neck and Oxpen Roads in Supply led to a total loss. When firefighters arrived they found a vacant house engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no injuries were reported.
While crews were working on the fire a second house was reported in the Shallotte area. There was severe damage, and the cause of the fire is undeterminable.
The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.
Garner would like to remind residents that home fire safety is very important.
“First off you should always check your smoke detectors, make sure that they operate within your home,” Garner said. “If you’re leaving your house make sure that you cut off any appliances that you don’t need, any space heaters, if you burn candles make sure that you snuff them out and make sure they are distinguished before you leave the house.”
Saturday afternoon the third fire was reported in Winnabow. The homeowner was taken to the hospital, and two firefighters received minor injuries. The fire was from a control burn that got away and spread into the house. Garner says when controlling a burn in or around your house make sure you have proper tools to put it out.
“It has gotten windy a few times here over the last week, and it just takes a little bit of wind to take something and get it away from you,” Garner said.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the vacant house fire. At this time there is no word on the status of the two injured fire fighters.