5 safe, townhome a total loss after Jacksonville fire

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A home is a total loss after an early morning fire Monday.

It happened around 6:40 a.m. at a residence at 14 S Onsville Place.

Five residents were inside at the time of the fire, but evacuated safely when they heard their smoke alarm.

Nine Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services Units from Station 1, Station 2 and Station 4 responded to the fire, which was heavily involved in fire when they arrived on the scene. They quickly brought the fire under control, confining the fire to a single townhome.  The firefighters also evacuated occupants of an adjacent townhome, who were unaware of their neighbor’s fire. Their residence did not sustain any fire damage.

“The preliminary investigation has revealed that the cause of the fire may be a fireplace fire that burned out of control” said Chief Spence Lee, Deputy Chief of Fire Operations.  The structure a total loss. Damage estimate amounts are pending.

“The swift action of the citizens reporting the fire, as well as the smoke detectors alerting the family to evacuate, were instrumental in the safe outcome of this emergency, said Chief Lee.

The Red Cross responded to assist the displaced family. The fire remains under investigation.


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