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SUV fire sparks mobile home blaze in Clayton

Posted May 7, 2010

— A Ford Expedition caught fire in Johnston County early Friday and the flames spread to a mobile home at 105 Lois Lane, according to Wilson Mills Assistant Fire Chief Allen Turnage.

At least nine people, including four children, were inside the home and were able to get out safely. About a quarter to a third of the mobile home was destroyed.

There was no word on what caused the fire. However, investigators said it did not appear to be suspicious.


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  • cpu May 7, 2010

    This morning I was going to bed around 1am when I saw a red flash and heard a bang. I went outside and looked around. A moment later I heard two more bangs. In total, there were about 20 loud bangs and pops. I could see the reflection of a fire off of the smoke; the fire was hidden behind a house and across the dirt road from there. The fire never got very high or I would have seen the flames above the house.
    We have lots of bonfires around here, so seeing fire and smoke was not that unusual. We also do lots of target practice around the neighbor, so hearing loud bangs, like gun fire, was not that unusual either. We try our best to just scare off would be criminals.
    It was about 1:30 or 1:45am I heard the firetrucks. They must have sent them all, since there were about four that arrived. Looking back at this news reports, the bangs I heard was most likely the tires of the SUV popping and other stuff like that. The fire was out pretty fast.

  • Boogalooboy May 7, 2010

    Does anyone remember a couple of summers ago during the drought that Meeker overuled the burning ban etc to have fireworks in downtown during the 4th of July, now he is on a pine straw binge...

    Glad to hear everyone was safe regarding this incident.

  • OpenM1nd May 7, 2010

    On Lois Lane? No kidding! Did Superman respond?

    No, seriously, I don't mean to jest in light of someone's misfortune, but rather to have a little fun with the person who named the road.

    I had the impression that most of these vehicles had all been fixed by now -- at least by first-hand owners who should have been notified by mail of the recall notices, assuming that Ford notified everyone. Second-hand owners might not have that same benefit, regardless, so it's worth doing a little research for your vehicle. Either check your manufacturer's website or with your local dealer's service department for any updates affecting your vehicle.

    Also, aside from safety concerns, if your car has high-tech gadgetry, you might also want to check for any applicable firmware or map updates for things like navigation, satellite radio, and other multimedia paraphernalia.

  • nnb May 7, 2010

    Where was Superman- he was suppose dto be protecting Lois Lane, ha!

  • fatcat11 May 7, 2010

    cruise control,most likely..

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 7, 2010

    Ouch. Lost his SUV and his mobile home. Bad things happen in threes. Next, either the dog will die or the wife will leave.

  • freedomrings May 7, 2010

    Everyone needs to check recalls on the vehicle, particularly Ford. We had a 1996 F150 that had a recalled part that can cause a spontaneous fire, but never got the notice. Sitting in my house last month when my dogs started barking. Looked out the window and the parked truck was on fire, it also caught the other car parked next to it on fire, and a tree. Go to your automakers website and put in your VIN.