LAURINBURG — The home of a family of three was destroyed today by an early-morning fire that took a little more than an hour to extinguish, according to Gibson Fire Chief Thomas McKay.
McKay said it was not been determined what caused the blaze that destroyed the double-wide mobile home at 9380 Cedar Drive in Laurinburg. The fire was called in at 5:17 a.m. by a member of the family. All three were at home at the time but escaped safely, he said.
Firefighters from Gibson, Laurinburg, Laurel Hill and McColl responded.
McKay valued the home and items inside at a tentative $50,000.
The family is being assisted with food and clothing by the American Red Cross, according to Carol Ann Lentz, a disaster program manager with the organization, and have been provided temporary housing in a hotel.
McKay said that fires in Scotland County have been on the decline since fire chiefs began visiting elementary schools and spreading information about smoke detectors and the dangers of space heaters.
“We’ve had a lot of fire prevention out there and it’s helped a lot,” he said.