The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of a weekend fire that damaged a home. At 12:04pm Saturday, crews from the 50-210, Cleveland and West Johnston Fire Departments responded to a house fire on Cattle Farm Drive, off Page Road, in the Waverly Point Subdivision.
Working smoke detectors activated and alerted the occupants to a fire in a bedroom allowing them to escape without injury, according to County Fire Marshal Adam Stanley. It took firefighters about 5 minutes to extinguish the fire.
Investigators were able to determine the cause as an unspecified failure of a neck massager that had been left plugged into an electrical outlet in the bedroom. The fire was ruled an accident.
“We would like to remind everyone to continue to check their smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly and to plan and practice their home escape plan,” Fire Marshal Stanley said.
This was the second fire on the same street within a week. On June 6th, a 6:30am fire heavily damaged another home on Cattle Farm Drive. A neighbor was credited with helping rescue four people from the burning home. Fire officials said the blaze started in a bedroom but the exact cause could not be determined.