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Crews respond to fire at vacant East Rockingham house

Crews respond to a fire in East Rockingham on Feb. 23. Photo by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Crews were called to another vacant house fire in East Rockingham late Thursday night.

Trucks from the East Rockingham Fire Department rolled out of the station just before 10:30 p.m. to respond to a call on Sixth Street, off of Church Street, across the road from Cobb Memorial Baptist Church.

Crews from Cordova Fire and Rescue and Hamlet Fire and Rescue, as well as FirstHealth EMS also responded.

Capt. Kendell Watson said when arrived on scene there was heavy fire blowing out the front and rear of the structure.

Once they got the heat knocked back, Watson and another firefighter went inside and Hamlet crews attacked from the rear.


By 11 p.m., the fire was under control.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the cause of the fire.

Watson said it’s believed a squatter may have been staying in the house.

ERFD responded to fire at a vacant house on School Street early the morning of Feb. 15 and again two days later.

Watson said it’s believed someone reset the fire after they had it extinguished.

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