Fire razes Trace home

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

A Carolina Trace home was destroyed in a Wednesday morning blaze, displacing a military family, according to authorities.

One person was in the house, located at 961 South Bay Drive, and escaped the 2 a.m. fire, said Carolina Trace Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd McNeill. No injuries were reported.

“Once we arrived at the scene, we had a fully involved fire, meaning flames were shooting out of the windows and the house was fully engulfed in flames,” McNeill said.

The American Red Cross is assisting the resident with living arrangements and helped make contact with the resident’s husband,    who is serving in Afghanistan.

“She’s very busy trying to get things in order,” said American Red Cross Coordinator Michele Bullard. “She lost everything. All of her insurance cards, her identification — everything is gone.”

The armed forces division of the Red Cross is working with the resident and attempting to bring her husband home from overseas. Two vehicles, parked in the garage, were also destroyed in the fire, Bullard said.

Lee County Emergency Services Director Shane Seagroves said the fire is being ruled as accidental and began in the living room.

Benhaven, Lemon Springs, Sprout Springs, Tramway and Cape Fear fire departments all assisted in the incident, McNeill said.

“I do want to thank the departments that helped as mutual aid,” he said.