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Two house fires in Beaufort County this morning

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Published: Jan. 8, 2018 at 10:34 AM EST
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Fire crews in Beaufort County have been busy during this cold snap. Fire fighters responded to two house fires Monday morning alone.

The first fire call of the day came in at 2:08 a.m. from 4888 Cherry Run Road. Carnie Hedgepeth, Beaufort County Emergency Management Director, says electrical overloading from space heaters sparked the fire. Part of the roof rafters and insulation caught on fire. Hedgepeth says about 10 percent of the house was destroyed. The Red Cross is now assisting the four adults and two children who lived there.

Clarks Neck and Old Ford Fire responded to the blaze on Cherry Run Road.

A second fire was reported Monday at 6:30 a.m. Hedgepeth says the house that caught fire on Goose Creek Road near Camp Leach Road was totally destroyed. The two people who lived there weren't home when the fire happened. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Crews were still mopping up some four hours after they were first called to the house. Bunyan Fire Department and Bath Fire Department responded to the destructive fire. Smoke was billowing out of the home when they arrived, Hedgepeth says.

Another fire last week in Beaufort County is blamed on a fire in the chimney. Several family members were displaced after the fire on Spring Creek Rd. in Aurora last Wednesday.

"We've been very fortunate that there's been no loss of life in these fires," says Hedgepeth. "I encourage everyone to follow the manufacturers directions any time you use an alternate source of hearing in your homes."