31 residents of Harnett County rest home displaced after fire destroys building

The Stagecoach Manor Rest Home is too damaged for any of the 31 residents to come back to (Lauren Haviland/CBS North Carolina)

ANGIER, N.C. (WNCN) — A rest home in Angier caught fire Tuesday morning and now more than 30 residents are without a home, according to fire officials.

Fire crews responded to the Stagecoach Manor Rest Home located at 6828 Old Stage Road North around 12:20 a.m. in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found flames coming out of the roof in two different places at the rest home. Fire crews were able to put the fire out, but not before the back of the building was significantly damaged by the flames, officials said.

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Fire officials said they’re unsure at this time what caused the fire, but they believe something caught fire somewhere toward the back corridor of the building.

Stagecoach Manor’s manager, Buddy Lockamy, said he believes the building may have been struck by lightning during a storm this morning. Angier’s fire chief said he also believes the fire was caused by lightning.

No injuries among the 31 residents, three staff or any of the firefighters were reported, but the building is too damaged for any of the residents to come back to and live in.

Residents have temporarily been moved to Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church until the staff is able to figure out what to do with the displaced.

“Some had been there for a lot of years. The tragedy of this is something that’s going to take a while for them to get over, but we’ll work as quickly as possible to rebuild and get these people back to their home,” said Lockamy.

Social services and the American Red Cross have been called to the scene to assist the residents, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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