CORINTH HOLDERS – A fire early this morning (Monday) destroyed a Johnston County convenience store. Around 2:00am, a passing motorist spotted flames coming from the Stop-N-Go 39 at 13597 Highway 39 North at the intersection of Earpsboro Road.
Fire crews from Johnston and Wake counties battled the stubborn blaze for more than two hours before bringing it under control at 4:20am. Even after the fire was brought under control, smoke continued to roll skyward from the building.
Deputies shut down Highway 39 for several hours to keep vehicles off fire hoses stretched across the roadway.
The store was reportedly built in the early 1960’s. The original flat roof was replaced with a pitched roof, presenting a challenge to firefighters to extinguish the burning building.
Several EMS units stood by at the scene but there were no fire related injuries.
The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the early morning blaze.