Man critical after house fire

By: By Reid Beaman - [email protected]

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man remains in critical condition after being injured in a house fire.

Terry Hunt was injured in a fire Sunday evening at his home on Chippewa Street that investigators say was caused by a pot that had been left on the stove.

Lumberton Fire Chief Paul Ivey said Hunt was initially taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, but he believes Hunt was transferred to another hospital. Fire victims typically are taken to the Burn Center at UNC Hospitals.

Two fire engines and a ladder truck from Lumberton Fire Department’s Station One were dispatched at 10:11 p.m. Sunday in response to the house fire. Eleven firefighters arrived on the trucks to battle the blaze.

“When we arrived fireman Willie Stewart Jr. made out two shadows in the doorway and jumped the fence to help,” Assistant Fire Chief Chris West said.

A neighbor had tried to rescue Hunt by kicking down the home’s front door, but the neighbor had been overcome by smoke when Stewart reached him.

After Stewart removed the neighbor from the doorway, he entered the home and located Hunt in a hallway near the front door, West said.

Most of the fire damage was contained to back of the house, where the kitchen is located. The rest of the home suffered minor smoke damage.

By Reid Beaman

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Reid Beaman can be reached at 910-816-1989.

Reid Beaman can be reached at 910-816-1989.