Fireman injured in Monday blaze

Tramway area home destroyed
Mar. 11, 2013 @ 05:23 PM

A pre-dawn fire Monday left one Tramway area house destroyed and one volunteer firefighter in the hospital.

Officials aren't releasing the name of the injured fireman, although Lee County Emergency Services Fire Inspector Michael Tatum said the man suffered a back injury and was transported to Central Carolina Hospital. He didn't say how the firefighter was injured, but indicated that he will likely recover.

"It'll probably require surgery and a lot of rehabilitation," Tatum said. "But it doesn't appear to be life-threatening."

Tatum and Tramway Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Holt said the cause of the fire at the house, located at 2715 Tramway Road, was unclear. The house was a total loss, they said, and while the blaze appeared to have been non-intentional, investigators have not officially determined how or where the fire might have started. No other structures were damaged.

"We got the call at about 5:30 a.m., but it had evidently been burning for a while because there was already fire through the roof when we got there," Holt said.

The house's owner, Mike Garner, said the dwelling had been rented out, but that the last occupants had moved out last Thursday. The power was left on, he said, and fire officials told him the incident might have been due to an electrical short — although they couldn't pinpoint the source. Whatever caused the fire, though, left the house in ruins.

"It's rough," Garner said. "It's been a long day."