Runaway Burn Pile Heavily Damages Beaufort County Home

Strong winds and a burn pile are to blame for a fire this afternoon that heavily damage a Beaufort County home.

Firefighters say the entire rear portion of the home on Cayton Road is a loss due to the fire that broke out around 12:15 p.m.

The home is currently unoccupied and there was at least one worker cleaning up the yard today. The fire department says winds picked up and caused the burn pile to catch the house on fire.

Volunteers from Chocowinity and Blackjack responded. Because the house is several hundred feet up a narrow driveway, firefighters were forced to park their trucks on the highway, blocking Cayton Road.

No one was injured in the fire.


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  • by anonymous Location: enc on Dec 17, 2011 at 04:23 AM
    cant sleep, omg, how do you know his plans. accident ???? people,financier,bankruptcy,millionaire burner,owe,owing, people doing favors, accident??? a happening that is not expected. wind blowing south, fire, houes, hello.
  • by ray Location: cayton road on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:24 AM
    check the people who did the burning, check the man he work for, check the owner who pay the man, payment due on home and farm land once a year.rich man poor man, looking insurance money, go back in family history. stores,houses, do your homework.
  • by Alpha Location: Kinston on Dec 16, 2011 at 02:53 AM
    In the eyes of his insurance company this was an intentional act. They usually do not pay....and who could blame them. I don't reimburse stupid.And this was not an accident.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Dec 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    Just where was the homeowner at the time? I'm willing to bet there was no garden hose anywhere nearby with water pressure ready to go. People seem to be stupid when it comes to burning debris here and about. I see ditch fires often with no one even standing close to the flames. Like Anonymous said at 3:01.
  • by ncyankee Location: enc on Dec 15, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    It has been dry, and breezy, why would someone burn stuff... unbelievable...glad not one was hurt..thanks to the firefighters, job well done
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    Stupid people do it all the time. "Hey it's windy lets go burn some trash"
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:37 PM in reply to
      And not have a garden hose that is hooked up and working.
  • by Responsible? on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    Strong winds and a burn pile contributed to the fire getting out of control. The person that STARTED the burn pile is responsible.
    • reply
      by OMG on Dec 16, 2011 at 11:15 PM in reply to Responsible?
      he didn't make plans to burn the house, it was an accident.
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