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Firefighter charged after tanker truck rolls over heading to house fire

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Published: Jan. 17, 2020 at 7:41 AM EST
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A firefighter was charged after his fire truck overturned this morning while heading to a house fire.

The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. on Staton House Road in Pitt County. It involved a 2004 tanker truck from the Staton House Fire Department.

Trooper Michael Potter says the tanker ran off Staton Road as it rounded a curve. He said the ground was soft and the water inside shifted, causing the tanker to overturn.

Firefighter Christopher Naylor wasn't hurt in the crash. He's been cited for failure to maintain lane control by the Highway Patrol.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The tanker truck was heading to a fire on Rhett Butler Road. Cause of that fire is under investigation but the Pactolus fire chief says they believe it started in the kitchen.


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A fire truck was involved in a wreck while crews were on their way to a house fire.

Pactolus Fire Department says a Staton House fire truck was involved in a wreck while responding to a fire at a home on Rhett Butler Road around 5:30 a.m. Friday. We are working to confirm how that wreck happened.

One person was inside the firetruck at the time of the crash, but no one was hurt.

Firefighters say additional crews were called in to help put out the fire. They believe the home as being renovated and that no one was living there.

Crews have not determined a cause for the fire, but believe it started in the kitchen. No one was hurt.

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