A Wilson’s Mills home burned to the ground Friday night. Flames destroyed a log cabin style home on River Dell Road off Buffalo Road around 10:30pm.
Two people inside the home managed to escape uninjured. Four cats were inside. Three perished in the blaze. One ran away and hasn’t been located.
Officials are working to determine the cause. Authorities said the fire may have started in an adjacent shed which housed a wood stove used to heat water for the home.
Several fire department tankers as far away as Kenly responded to the scene to shuttle water to the firefighters battling the blaze. There were no fire hydrants nearby.
The couple, John and Linda Payne, lost all their belongings. A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.