Aban­doned house burns dur­ing de­mo­li­tion

The Covington News - - LOCAL - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

A va­cant home on Brown Bridge Road near Wood­land Lane was com­pletely de­stroyed by fire Wed­nes­day — iron­i­cally as crews were de­mol­ish­ing it to re­claim old wood.

Ten New­ton County Fire De­part­ment fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the fire, which was called in at 1:57 p.m.

Smoke blan­keted the Brown Bridge Road area near the Salem Road Walmart. Only the home’s chim­neys were left stand­ing. There were no in­juries. “To­tal loss,” Chief Kevin O’Brien said. “It was to­tally in­volved by the time we got there. All we did was put it out and keep it from spread­ing into the woods.” The fire was out by 2:45 p.m. O’Brien said the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but said it would likely be ruled “ac­ci­den­tal,” the re­sult of some­thing that hap­pened dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion.

Fire­fight­ers from sta­tions 1, 5, 7 and 9 re­sponded to the fire. New­ton County Sher­iff’s deputies di­rected traf­fic, open­ing the road by the time school buses came through.

Dar­rell Everidge/The Cov­ing­ton News

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