NEW INFO: Homes Destroyed In Woods Fire

Hot temperatures made it tough for fire crews to battle a woods fire along the Duplin and Onslow County line.

Firefighters spayed down a few hot spots Monday after officials say a man burning tree stumps off of Highway 24 accidentally let his fire flare up into nearby woods and homes.

The fire destroyed two abandoned trailer homes and burned a small portion of a family's home near the blaze.

Officials say its always a dangerous combination for crews to battle fires with the mercury way up on the thermometer.

Officials with the North Carolina Forest Service are investigating whether the man responsible for the fire will face fines or charges. No injuries were reported.

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The westbound lanes of Highway 24 near the Duplin-Onlsow County line are closed as crews continue to fight a woods fire that has already destroyed two homes

Officials say the fire along Highway 24 near Beulaville started as a brush fire but spread to a wooded area and then destroyed two abandoned trailer homes and damaged the outside of a third where people lived. Officials say everyone got out safely and no one was injured.

The fire is contained at this time and right now charges are pending against the man who originally started the blaze. Officials say he was burning tree stumps when the flames got out of control.

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