Fire guts lawyer’s office in St. Pauls

Scott Witten Civitas Media

January 6, 2014

ST. PAULS — Attorney George Regan said it is unclear how much damage a fire early Sunday morning has inflicted on his downtown law office.

Regan said he plans to inspect the office at 119 Second St. this afternoon.

“I really don’t know the extend of the damage,” Regan said. “I’m afraid it may be a good bit. I will have a better idea and be able to see for myself later today.”

Regan, who is chairman of the Robeson Community College board of trustees, said town fire officials got a call that the building was on fire at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday and quickly extinguished the blaze. He said inspectors have not determined a cause for the fire.

St. Pauls police are investigating.

Efforts to reach Fire Chief Evans Jackson were unsuccessful.

Although visitors could smell smoke at the site, the exterior of the law office did not appear to be damaged. The building was cordoned off Sunday afternoon with yellow police tape.

“All I know right now is that there has been a fire and we’re trying to find the cause,” Regan said.

Regan said he has been told that the vacant buildings adjacent to his office were not damaged.

Regan said the building has housed his law office for more than 15 years.

“I just hate that something like this has happened,” he said.