CAMERON, N.C. (WNCN) — Firefighters from five different departments saved a home and avoided a propane tank explosion while a barn burned in a massive fire beside a house on Wednesday in Moore County.
The crews responded to a the fire around 6 p.m. at 1380 L Cooper Road near Cameron, the Aberdeen Times reported.
The blaze of a two-story barn with a basement was threatening a house just 100 feet away
The first arriving fire units reported the barn had heavy flames and smoke coming from the structure.
Firefighters immediately started protecting two large propane gas tanks and a home, which was so close to the fire that siding on the house melted from the intense heat.
More firefighters began attacking the barn fire with several large hoses. Firefighters had to work by hand to remove layers of metal roofing and siding that had collapsed in onto the burning barn.
Water had to be shuttled to the scene of the fire from a hydrant more than a mile from the scene of the fire.
L Cooper Road was blocked to traffic so that emergency equipment could get in and out of the location of the fire.
Cypress Point Fire and Rescue, Crains Creek Fire Department, Whispering Pines Fire Rescue, Southern Pines Fire and Rescue, Seven Lakes Fire Department, Moore County EMS, Moore County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Moore County Sheriff’s Department responded to the incident.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.