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Historic Mansion Destroyed by Fire

Historic Mansion Destroyed by Fire

Historic Mansion Destroyed by Fire
December 26
18:48 2011

Historic Mansion Destroyed by Fire

Five people have been sent to the burn center in Chapel Hill after an historic mansion burned in Edgecombe County.  Fire officials say 12 people were staying in what is known as the Arthur Fountain House, just north of Leggett on Highway 33.  Smoke detectors are being credited for saving the lives of those inside.

Two children are being checked out for carbon monoxide poisoning, while five adults were sent to the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill after the 3:00 a.m. fire. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.  County Fire Marshal Butch Beach tells WITN News that the 100 year old two story home, with an attic and full basement, is a total loss.  He said while they have ruled the fire accidental, they are still investigating how the blaze began.

Beach says homeowner David Fryar believes smoke detectors saved their lives. The family of four also had relatives staying with them for the holidays.  According to Preservation North Carolina, the 5,436 square foot mansion was completed in 1912.  The 5 bedroom home was on the market, with an asking price of $395,000.

Source: WITN News
Photos Credit: Flickr EdgecombePlanter
Real Estate Listing: Tarboro Realty



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