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Historic New Bern Home Catches Fire

A historic home in downtown New Bern caught fire this afternoon.

Multiple fire crews responded to the fire at the three story brick home, located at the corner of Front Street and Johnson Street.

Firefighters say they now have the fire under control.

The home is known as the Charles Slover House and was built in 1848-49. During the Civil War, Union General Ambrose Burnside used the house as his headquarters, while the inventor of Pepsi lived there as well.

The home is being restored, and crews had been working on the third floor when they took a lunch break. A short time later smoke was coming from the roof.

Because of another fire in the city, volunteer fire departments were called in to help New Bern with the fire.


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