16 Cars, Mobile Home Destroyed In Fire

According to officials with the NC Forest Service a fire in Duplin county ripped through a junk yard destroying 16 cars and a mobile home Saturday evening.

Officials say they were called out to a junk yard on Chicken Neck Rd. around 5 p.m. Multiple fire departments along with the NC Forest Service responded.

Officials believe the fire was caused by machine use and was an accident.

16 old cars and an unlivable mobile home were destroyed, but officials say they were able to protect two structures valued at $150,000 dollars.

Officials estimate the items that were destroyed were worth around $15,000 dollars.


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  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jul 3, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    Bet the claim to his insurance co reads to the effect that stray embers from the wildfire must have started it.
  • by kk on Jul 3, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    anyone doing a story on the bomb that went off in pitt county about 4sm?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2011 at 08:53 AM in reply to kk
      Will probably take them 12 hours or so to get the story. Seems the more technology, the longer things take to get reported.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2011 at 09:05 AM in reply to kk
      You mean the live mortar shell that was found on Abbott Farm Rd. about 6 last night and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Seymour Johnson Air force Base was called to deal with. They buried and detonate the mortar shell around 3 o'clock Sunday morning.
  • by think about it on Jul 3, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    machine use = did they use a cutting torch, a grinder, a mower perhaps - causing the fire. Or maybe the muffler caught dead grass on fire. It happens all the time, accidentally.
  • by Bambi on Jul 2, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    People have been freaking out for how long now over this normal fire in our ecosystem. Those Forest Service folks know what they are doing. They usually manage to protect homes and valuable property right well as it appears they have done. Am going to love the tender new growth that comes up when the fire is gone and those silly humans are freaking out over tropical storms next.
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      by Huh? on Jul 2, 2011 at 11:52 PM in reply to Bambi
      How is a fire caused by "machinery operation" in a junkyard a normal fire in our ecosystem?
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        by 250 on Jul 3, 2011 at 01:49 PM in reply to Huh?
        Circa 1970's accidental fires were happening during major logging operations from chainsaws and the mufflers. Somewhere about that time is when "spark arresting exhaust" systems became part of a salesman's sales schpeel. My dad sold heavy duty construction equipment.
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