Multiple fire units were called to a house fire outside of Carthage Sunday afternoon that resulted in one person being seriously burned.
Emergency responders were dispatched just after 4:30 PM to a house in the 600 block of Brinkley Road for a reported structure fire.
The first arriving fire unit to reach the location reported a house heavily involved in flames with one person who was injured.
A lifeflight helicopter had been called to transport the adult male victim to a Trauma Center however one was not available, so the victim was transported by ambulance to Firsthealth Moore Regional Hospital. According to officials the elderly man was reported to be deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital.
The victim was identified by officials as James Russell Overton, who was reported to be the only person at the home at the time of the fire.
Brinkley Road was closed to traffic in both directions for an extended period of time while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
Responding to this incident were units with Carthage Fire & Rescue, Eastwood Fire Department, Pinehurst Fire Department, Whispering Pines Fire & Rescue, West End Fire & Rescue, Seven Lakes Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, Moore County Fire Marshals Office, and the Moore County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Moore County Public Safety Director Bryan Phillips, the fire involved the use of a wood heater and has been classified as accidental in nature.
(Updated 12/31/18/ 10:15 am)