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Posted January 11, 2013 EST

Family Homeless, Firefighter Hurt In Blaze
United States (North Carolina) - A mobile home fire about two miles west of Vanceboro left a family homeless Wednesday and resulted in a firefighter being injured. Three volunteer fire departments responded at 11 a.m. to the fire, which occurred at 960 N.C. 118. Vanceboro Volunteer Fire Chief Stacey Lewis said about half of the mobile home was on fire when firefighters arrived on scene.

"There were a lot of items in the house on fire," Lewis said. "It took a while to get it under control."

One of the captains of the Vanceboro Volunteer Fire Department was injured when he approached the mobile home from the back. He was going up the steps to the backdoor porch and slipped, tripping over the fire hose and falling about three feet to the ground, Lewis said.

The captain, who was not being identified Wednesday afternoon, was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center where he was x-rayed, Lewis said.

"He complained of his shoulder and knee hurting," he said.

Six people occupied the mobile home -- three adults and three children.

Ira Whitford, assistant director of Craven County Emergency, said at the time of the fire two children were at school and a four-year-old was in the mobile home with his mother.

They were not injured, Lewis.

"They lost everything," Lewis said. "All they had left were the clothes on the clothesline. Other than that, they lost everything in house."

This was the second mobile home fire in the Vanceboro area in a week. Firefighters were called to a singlewide mobile home off Honolulu Road west of Vanceboro Monday.

No one was hurt in that blaze, which was reported around 5 p.m.

Firefighters from the Vanceboro Fire Department were able to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading.

Stanley Kite, director of Craven County Emergency Management, said the two fires were not connected.

Lewis said it was determined the fire off Honolulu Road was caused by a faulty electric outlet.

The cause of Wednesday's fire is still under investigation.

Vanceboro, Little Swift Creek and Fort Barnwell volunteer firefighters responded to the fire.

The American Red Cross was on the scene Wednesday to assist the occupants of the destroyed home.

Written by Sun Journal

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