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Johnston County man accused of burning his house

Posted July 21, 2011 9:25 p.m. EDT

— A Johnston County man faces charges of burning his own home, deputies said Thursday. 

The fire broke out around 4 a.m. Wednesday at 3079 Tarheel Road near Benson.

Investigators said they found Robert Lee Surles unconscious on a golf cart behind the home. His wife, Elizabeth Surles, was found unconscious in her car in a field not far from the home. 

They were not injured in the fire. Both were taken to the hospital.

When Robert Surles is released from the hospital, deputies will charged him with burning one’s own dwelling.