A West End homeowner was in his home watching T.V. Sunday when he heard two explosions outside. Emergency crews were paged to the 4900 block of U.S. Highway 211 around 2:30 p.m. to the property.
Crews arrived on scene to find a large storage building consumed by fire. The fire destroyed a classic Model T Ford and a boat inside the building. Several cars near the building were also destroyed.
Firefighter were able to contain the fire to the building, protecting numerous other buildings, including the nearby home from the fire. The intensity of the fire and its proximity to other structures, necessitated the response of multiple fire stations from across the county.
The structure collapsed, and fire fighters used foam to extinguish the blaze. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.
Highway 211 was down to one lane, and traffic in both directions was backed up causing long delays. The Sheriff’s Department directed traffic through the area.
Responding to the fire were units from West End Fire & Rescue, 7-Lakes Fire & Rescue, Eastwood Fire & Rescue, Pinehurst Fire & Rescue, Whispering Pines Fire & Rescue, Eagle Springs Fire Department, Moore County EMS, NC Forestry, Moore County Public Safety, and Moore County Sheriff’s Department.