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Supermarket chain owners recovering after house fire

Posted December 6, 2010

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— The owners of a Triangle-area supermarket chain were hospitalized Monday after a fire destroyed their Harnett County home.

Carlie and Joyce McLamb were being treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Their home, at the corner of Neighbors Road and U.S. Highway 301, north of Dunn, caught fire at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

Harnett County Fire Marshal Jimmy Riddle said Monday that the fire appears to have been accidental, but officials haven't yet determined the cause.

The McLambs own more than a dozen Carlie C's IGA stores, from Fayetteville to Goldsboro.

A fire destroyed their first supermarket in 1984, but the community helped them rebuild since they had no insurance.

The community again rallied around the McLambs Monday as word spread of the house fire and the couple's injuries.

"They're strong. They've been through so much together," said Sharon Stevens, a niece of the McLambs.

Supermarket chain owners recovering after house fire Supermarket chain owners recovering after house fire

Carlie McLamb is on home kidney dialysis, which his wife helped him finish Sunday night, Stevens said. Then, she said, her aunt was in the attic getting some Christmas decorations when the fire started.

Fire investigators said Joyce McLamb ran next door to Carlie C's Operations Center to get help.

"It's not as bad as what it could have been, so we're blessed," Stevens said of the McLamb's injuries. "A lot of our Christmas went up in (the house), but our Christmas gift now will be their survival."

Mack McLamb, the couple's son, issued a statement Monday afternoon thanking friends, employees, customers and business partners for their support.

"We would ask that you continue to keep them in your prayers,” he said in the statement.

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  • pebbles262004 Dec 7, 2010

    Prayers for them and the whole family....they are good people and I buy all of my gro. from there stores

  • rtaltonjr Dec 7, 2010

    Joyce and Carlie C, you are in our prayers.

  • Pseudonym Dec 7, 2010

    SanfordWallace,

    Did the Ghost of Envy get you today?

  • crc1968 Dec 7, 2010

    SanfordWallace......Hopefully the ghost of cold hearts wont be paying you a visit!!!!

    My prayers are with these wonderful people. They are the king and queen of our community. You feel like family everytime you go in their stores. The employees are great, you never hear them complain.

  • stratomaster Dec 7, 2010

    sanfordwallace...

    Not sure what possessed you to make that comment but maybe the next time you should think before typing.

  • just my2cents Dec 7, 2010

    prayers going up for these fine folks.

  • Glass Half Full Dec 7, 2010

    Prayers for the McLamb family for a speedy recovery. And prayers for SanfordWallace to rid him of his bitterness.

  • krazykristie06 Dec 7, 2010

    I work for IGA now and have worked for them in the past. I hope they get better soon so I can see their smiling faces again!!

  • slong Dec 7, 2010

    Get well soon. These are good people who employ local people. I am sure most of their employees will tell you they are happy to have jobs. They have been very generous with our non profit - speedy recovery to them.

  • billybob72 Dec 6, 2010

    I worked in a Carlie C's IGA when I was 16, they were good people and I have no complaints. Best wishes to get well soon!

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