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Firefighters from nine fire departments and the NC Forest Service responded Christmas afternoon to two former chicken houses that had caught on fire outside of Carthage. The incident started around 2:20 PM when emergency units were called to a home located at 507 Murdocksville Road for reports of a chicken house on fire.

Firefighters arrived to find two former chicken houses that had been converted into storage buildings heavily involved in fire. The combined fires were so large that the smoke could be seen from NC Highway 5 in Aberdeen.


One of the buildings was totally destroyed in the blaze. Firefighters were able to stop the fire in the second building, however the structure and its contents were heavily damaged by fire, smoke and water.

Firefighters had to use caution when battling the blaze due to the presence of oxygen bottles in one of the buildings. During the fire suppression efforts more than one of the tanks exploded in a thunderous roar.

A plow with the NC State Forest Service was brought in to dig a line around the buildings and woods that had been impacted by the fire to prevent it from spreading further.


Due to the proximity of the fire near a residential home, the people living in the home were evacuated to the front yard where they waited in chairs wrapped in blankets as the firefighters worked.

There were no injuries reported during this incident.

Emergency units remained on the scene several hours working to extinguishing the blaze.

Murdocksville Road was temporarily closed to traffic in both directions due to the large number of emergency units on the scene.

Responding to this incident were units with Carthage Fire & Rescue, Eastwood Fire Department, Seven Lakes Fire Department, Eagle Springs Fire Department, Highfalls Fire & Rescue, Whispering Pines Fire & Rescue, Cypress Pointe Fire & Rescue, Southern Pines Fire & Rescue, Pinehurst Fire Department, NC State Forest Service, Moore County EMS, Moore County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Moore County Sheriff’s Department.

The cause of the fire was not known as of this report.


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