Massive, wind-fanned fire destroys home in Oriental

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Homeowners escape without injury

ORIENTAL – Horrific fire, with mind-numbing blazes, Saturday morning about 11:30 completely destroyed the two-story residence of George and Judy Smith at 402 Whittaker Point Drive – and may have severely damaged two vehicles parked in the home’s driveway.

The homeowners escaped, and reported no injuries.

By noon, massive flames had totally engulfed the structure. At one point — before an overwhelming response by up to four Volunteer Fire Departments – the blaze, fanned by a brisk breeze, threatened a nearby residence.
However, a vacant lot – though wooded and strewn with dry leaves – served as a buffer until firefighters arrived.


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The homeowner, George Smith – interviewed roadside while his newly remodeled home burned – said the cause of the fire “was a charger for my golf cart battery.” Smith, on the mend from recent knee surgery, had the presence of mind to call 911 while hobbling from the structure. His wife, Judy, is also safe.

More details on this tragedy will follow in subsequent posts.

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