On behalf of Battalion Commander Ron Lewis of the Fayetteville Fire Department, please note the attached release regarding a house fire this morning at 108 Langdon Street.
Any questions regarding this release should be directed to Commander Lewis at 910-433-1427.
The Fayetteville Fire Department responded to a house fire today at 108 Langdon Street. where a 65 year old male was inside the home unable to escape because of locked security gates on the front and rear doors. The Fire Department was notified of the call at 10:50 am and arrived on the scene at 10:52 to find heavy fire and smoke showing from a front bedroom window. Fayetteville Police Officers Merriman, Harvey, and Bloomer, pried open the iron security gates with a crowbar and removed 65-year old Frank Moore from the smoke filled home as the first fire units were arriving. Mr. Moore was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by CCEMS and transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital. All of the home’s windows had iron bars attached which further hindered escape as well as made firefighting operations more hazardous. Fire Department personnel removed all of the bars and rear security door as part of Rapid Intervention practices. Rapid Intervention is a precautionary procedure to allow quick removal of any firefighter injured during firefighting operations. There was heavy fire and smoke damage to the room of origin and heavy smoke damage throughout the home that Mr. Moore shared with his 46 year old nephew. The nephew was not home at the time of the fire. The fire was investigated by Captain Roy Young and Captain Zahra McBee. Preliminary findings suggest the fire to be accidental and electrical in nature due to an improper use of extension cords. No smoke detector was found in the home.
The Fayetteville Fire Department’s Public Fire Education program educates the general public about the importance of being able to quickly escape from any structure in the event of an emergency. They also warn about the dangers of overloaded extension cords.
Classes, pamphlets, are available free of charge to individuals or civic groups who are interested in educating themselves. For further information, please contact the Fayetteville Fire Department at (910) 433-1427.