UPDATE: Five Hospitalized, Historic Mansion Destroyed In Fire

There were still a few hot spots at the historic Arthur Fountain Mansion outside of Leggett more than 24 hours after a fire there. The mansion was destroyed by the early Monday morning fire. Five of the 12 people staying there for the holidays were taken to the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill with non-life threatening injuries.

Edgecombe County Fire Marshal Butch Beach says firefighters were called back to the mansion around 7:00 pm Monday night to put out flames which developed from the hot spots. He said Tuesday afternoon even with the rain, there were still a few hot spots left under tin and roofing materials. The fire was ruled accidental, and Beach says the exact cause is still being investigated.

According to the group Preservation North Carolina, the mansion was completed in 1918, and was for sale for $395,000.

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Five people have been sent to the burn center in Chapel Hill after an historic mansion burned in Edgecombe County.

Fire officials say 12 people were staying in what is known as the Arthur Fountain House, just north of Leggett on Highway 33.

Smoke detectors are being credited for saving the lives of those inside.

Two children are being checked out for carbon monoxide poisoning, while five adults were sent to the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill after the 3:00 a.m. fire. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

County Fire Marshal Butch Beach tells WITN News that the 100 year old two story home, with an attic and full basement, is a total loss. He said while they have ruled the fire accidental, they are still investigating how the blaze began.

Beach says homeowner David Fryar believes smoke detectors saved their lives. The family of four also had relatives staying with them for the holidays.

According to Preservation North Carolina, the 5436 square foot mansion was completed in 1918. The 5 bedroom home was on the market, with an asking price of $395,000.


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  • by Bett Wat on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:34 PM
    It looked like a scene from Gone With The Wind after Sherman's march. Thank God no one was killed. A beautiful old southern home is gone.
  • by anonomouse on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    I am glad no one was hurt. It was a terible fire the smoke was thick where we live. Thank you to the leggett fire fighters for all their hard work. I know they were wore out after and during thank you red cross for taking care of the fire fighters as well as the family.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    Great. I wanted to buy that house 6 yrs ago.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to
      Well, let's not be concerned that 5 people were burned and a family's Christmas was ruined as well as a beautiful landmark!
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