LUMBERTON —A fire at a Lumberton mobile home killed one man and injured his brother on Monday night.
Few details, including the identity of the men and the cause of the fire, were available Tuesday morning. The fire broke out at 418 Littlefield Acres Loop at about 8:29 p.m.
Lt. Brian Duckworth, fire investigator for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, said seven departments responded to the blaze, with the first arriving at the home within 13 minutes of the fire being reported. The last department left the scene at about 3:20 this morning.
The brother who was hurt suffered an injured arm and smoke inhalation, Duckworth said.
Claudia Hathaway, looking at the rubble that was the brothers’ house, said the brother who was injured was a regular customer where she works, Trader’s Station. Monday was the first time she had met the brother who was killed.
“He came in yesterday and we just talked about all kinds of stuff. He was with his brother. He was very friendly,” Hathaway said. “He talked to me like I knew him all of his life. That was the first time I ever met him.”
Investigators are working to determine what caused a separate fire that destroyed half of a duplex in downtown Lumberton Sunday night.
Lumberton Fire Chief Paul Ivey said Monday it was too early to say whether the blaze at 313 E. Fourth St. was arson.
The home contains two apartments. Ivey said one person had been in the apartment that did not catch fire, but got out of the home before firefighters arrived at about 11:35 p.m. A tenant in the apartment that did burn had recently moved out, he said.
According to Ivey, “heavy fire” was coming from two windows in the burning apartment when firefighters arrived.
“That side of the building was pretty involved in the fire,” he said.
Firefighters spent about an hour and a half controlling the flames and remained on the scene until about 5 a.m. investigating its source. Ivey said it appears the fire began in a living area next to the kitchen.
Lumberton Central Fire Department, East Howellsville Fire Department and Lumberton Rescue and EMS responded. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for evaluation but had been released by Monday morning.
Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets. Terri Smith contributed to this report.