Hoke, Cumberland firefighters battle brush fire near homes
Posted February 6, 2009 4:41 p.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:12 p.m. EDT
Hope Mills, N.C. — Firefighters from Hoke and Cumberland counties fought a brush fire in the area of Camden and Rock Fish roads, west of Hope Mills, Friday afternoon.
Emergency officials said that the fire began in the Stonewall subdivision and spread to the privacy fence of a home in the Twelve Oaks subdivision. The fire scorched nine back yards and spread across a field between the subdivision.
No homes were damaged in the fire, but it melted vinyl siding on several and gutted a shed, a restored Ford Mustang and a speed boat. Another shed was also damaged.
The owner of the burned-out shed said he lost antique car parts, worth tens of thousands of dollars, stored in the building.
Authorities charged one person, whose name has not been released, with illegal burning, causing the fire.
Fire investigators said the fire started in a barrel where someone was burning trash.