NC Central employee killed in Durham house fire

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A North Carolina Central University employee is dead after a house fire ripped through the top floors of a home in Durham County Sunday night, Durham fire officials said.

Fire crews responded to a home located at 1214 Summerville Lane around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. When crews arrived on scene, they found heavy fire coming from the second and third floors of the three-story home, officials said.


A woman told firefighters on scene that she believed someone was still inside the home. Firefighters said the fire was so strong that they were unable to get inside the home to rescue the person.

Once the fire was under control, they found William Michael Logan, 52, dead inside on the second floor.

Michael Logan (Photo: North Carolina Central University)

Logan was a construction engineer in facilities management at NCCU, according to a release from the school. He had been employed at the school for the last 23 years. He began working for the University of North Carolina system in 1989 and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Officials said the home suffered significant damage to all three floors and crews worked into Monday morning to put out hot spots.

Firefighters are trying to determine what started the fire. They are investigating discarded cigarettes and “tiki style” torches as possible sources of the fire.

The university’s interim chancellor released a statement to the media regarding Logan’s death:

Dear Eagle Community,

As the semester comes to end, I am saddened to announce the loss of another member of our Eagle family. Mr. Michael Logan, a construction engineer in Facilities Management, passed away yesterday evening during a fire at his home in Durham County. The fire started after 11 p.m. and heavily damaged much of the home. It is believed to have started accidentally. The Durham Fire Department is investigating.

Many of us knew Mike as he worked on a number of projects across campus during the 23 years that he was employed at North Carolina Central University. He started as a hazardous waste program specialist in 1994 and also served as an interim director of Health and Safety. He began working for the University of North Carolina system in 1989. Mike attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Please keep Mike’s family in your thoughts and prayers, including Brenda Logan, an NCCU employee, his mother and other family members, friends and colleagues. We will share details on the funeral arrangements once they become available.

In Truth and Service,
Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.
Interim Chancellor

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