Two separate structure fires were paged minutes apart Saturday morning just after 7 a.m. requiring over a dozen different agencies to respond. Emergency crews from across the county responded including fire, EMS, public safety, and law enforcement.

The first fire was paged out for a blaze involving multiple structures at the corner of Lobelia Rd and Byrd Rd, just outside Vass.


Aberdeen Firefighter extinguishing a fire that devoured a chicken house. ~Sandhills Sentinel.

The first arriving units found an old chicken house fully engulfed by flames that spread to another nearby structure. The large chicken barn had rolled hay,  a tractor, and other equipment inside.

The firefighters had to contend with 12 mph winds.

The chicken house and adjoining structure were a total loss, but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the other chicken house next to it.

The chicken houses had not been in use for a number of years.


Multiple firefighters on scene outside of Vass. ~Sandhills Sentinel

The fire crews remained onsite for several hours making sure hot spots were completely extinguished. 

The second fire was paged minutes later in Carthage on Maple Street. The fire was paged as the occupants were still in the house. Carthage Police quickly arrived on the scene and helped the family to safety with no injuries reported.


Crews battling a fire at a home on Maple Street in Carthage. ~Sandhills Sentinel.

The house had flames showing when the first fire units arrived.  The fire crews battled the blaze but were unable to save the home.

The Fire Marshal was on-scene and once the fire was out, began working to determine the exact cause of the fire. The family is being assisted by the Red Cross.


Officials inspecting the home’s damage in Carthage. ~Sandhills Sentinel.

Responding to both fires were fire departments from Cypress Pointe, Crains Creek, Carthage, Eastwood, West End, Seven Lakes, Eagle Springs, Robbins, Aberdeen, Pinehurst, and Whispering Pines.

Also responding were Moore County EMS, Moore County Public Safety, Moore County Fire Marshal, Moore County Deputies, and Carthage Police Department.

Feature photo of Fire outside of Vass by Frank Staples.

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