ANGIER – An overloaded drop cord is being blamed for sparking a fire that heavily damaged a Johnston County home. The fire was reported Saturday, June 5th on Willow Court off Wiggins Road in western Johnston County.
A neighbor noticed smoke coming from the roof of the home and called 911. The West Johnston, Elevation, and Smithfield Fire Departments found flames near the third floor window. The fire was contained in an hour.
Fire Marshal Adam Stanley said investigators were able to determine the fire originated in the attic space of the third floor. The fire was blamed on an electrical failure from an overloaded drop cord. No one was at home at the time of the fire.
One firefighter was transported to the hospital for treatment of a minor injury.
The Johnston County EMS Rehab Unit responded.