Volunteers extinguish late-night house fire

Quick response spares vacant Cordova home major damage

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

CORDOVA — Volunteers with the Cordova Fire Department responded late Thursday night to a fire inside a vacant home on U.S. Highway 1 South.

A neighbor who said he saw smoke and an orange hue inside the building that could have been coming from flames, dialed 911. Emergency dispatchers paged volunteer firefighters from Cordova and, via a mutual aid agreement, East Rockingham to the home located in the 500 block of U.S. Highway 1 South. The call came in at about 9:54 p.m.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

East Rockingham was shortly told to return to station as Cordova officials decided they could handle the incident alone. Assistant Chief Eddie Cagle said firefighters arrived to a working structure fire that was contained to a rear bedroom.

Cagle said no foul play was suspected. The home is not lived in, he said, but it was secured. Firefighters had to force their way into the building to gain entry.

Cagle said the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will continue the investigation. Firefighters began clearing the scene at 10:37 p.m.

 

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