New Details Released In Suspicious Fire

A fire that damaged a home and detached garage at a Smithfield area home Tuesday afternoon is being treated as suspicious.  Around 2:00pm fire crews responded to the blaze at 45 Green Bramble Court in the Swift Creek Hills subdivision off Short Journey Road.

The 55 year-old homeowner was burned by the fire. Emergency crews also discovered he had a puncture wound to his chest.  The victim was airlifted to the UNC Hospitals for treatment.

The detached garage was a total loss. Fire had been set in several places inside the doublewide mobile home, according to Johnston County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Don Pate.

Sheriff’s detectives are being assisted in their investigation by the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office. The Wilson’s Mills, Cleveland and Smithfield Fire Departments responded to put out the fires. Photos by