Multiple departments across Moore County battled a house fire Saturday afternoon in Carthage.
The blaze broke out at a home in the 400 block of Rockingham Street across from Carthage Elementary School just before 3 p.m.
After the initial fire attack, a ladder truck was brought in to spray water directly down on the fire from above.
Due to the extreme heat conditions, a second alarm was dispatched to assist.
Seven Lakes Fire Department was also on scene with their mobile air unit to refill air tanks and assist in battling the blaze.
The home was severely damaged by the fire, which was believed to have started at the rear of the structure and is a total loss.
Three cats were accounted for, and no injuries were reported.
The fire marshal was on scene investigating the cause of the fire.
Rockingham Street was shut down for an extended period of time while crews battled the blaze. Red Cross is assisting the family.
Responding to the scene were Carthage Fire Department, Whispering Pines Fire Department, Cypress Pointe Fire Department, Southern Pines Fire Department, Eastwood Fire Department, Robbins Fire Department, High Falls Fire Department, Seven Lakes Fire Department, Moore County Public Safety, Moore County EMS, Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Carthage Police Department.
Carthage Fire Chief Tyner and Carthage Fire Department said they thank everyone for their assistance during the fire.
~Article and photos by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Daniel Gwyn.