Vacant home goes up in flames

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

PHILADELPHIA — Firefighters responded Monday afternoon to a fully involved structure fire at a vacant home in the Philadelphia community.

Volunteers from Northside Volunteer Fire Department and Ellerbe Fire Department were dispatched at 3:38 p.m. to 128 Hawkins Lane, located off Brewington Avenue parallel to Fayetteville Road.

The home once belonged to Sallie Patterson, who died in September at the age of 82.

One neighbor turned on his garden hose and sprinkled the north side of his home with fire prior the first-responders’ arrival. As firefighters arrived, they quickly established a safety perimeter to ensure the blaze wouldn’t spread to adjacent properties.

The North Carolina Forest Service was called in to create a fire line.

No injuries were reported. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the investigation.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

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