Firefighters battle blaze at residence

Staff report

ELIZABETHTOWN — A residential fire on South Lyon Street was kept under control by firefighters with the Elizabethtown Fire Department on Tuesday.

According to Chief Nick West, firefighters responded to the structure fire and found fire and smoke showing from the front of a single-family dwelling. After assessing the situation, the fire department’s incident commander determined that an offensive fire attack mode would be used and firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire, containing it to the front bedroom and hallway.

One adult and two small children were home at the time of the fire and were able to escape, but the adult occupant was transported to Bladen County Hospital for treatment from smoke inhalation.

The fire originated in the front bedroom of the home and damage to the home and contents was estimated at $35,000. Firefighters reported the home’s smoke detectors had activated and were sounding upon arrival. No firefighter injuries were reported.

Fire investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire and the investigation is ongoing.

The Elizabethtown Fire Department was assisted by several other automatic aid departments — including White Lake and Dublin fire departments as well as Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladen County Emergency Management and Bladen County EMS.

Staff report

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