Kenly – The Johnston County Fire Marshal and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a home at 1497 Abendego Road outside of Kenly early this morning (Thursday).
The home was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived shortly after 1:00AM.
Investigators said the rental home, owned by Ricky Godwin of Selma, was a total loss.
Authorities tell JoCoReport the individual renting the home was recently and was in jail. Deputies went to the address on Tuesday to remove three people who were trespassing and had apparently been staying in the home since the tenant was jailed. Officials have not said if the squatters who were removed from the home have any connection to the fire.
The home was valued at $50,000. No injuries were reported.