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Two injured in house fire east of Norman

A chopper airlifts a burn victim to Chapel Hill following a house fire in northeastern Richmond County. Photo by Scotty Baldwin

ELLERBE — An older adult and a child were injured in a house fire in the northern end of Richmond County Thursday evening.

Chief David Poland of the Derby Volunteer Fire Department said crews were dispatched around 4:30 p.m. to a home off of N.C. 73 E between Norman and Wind Blow.

Smoke and flames were visible upon arrival and Poland said the fire spread rapidly throughout the house.

The Ellerbe Fire Department, Mountain Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Ellerbe Rescue responded as mutual aid.

Poland said there were four adults and one child in the home at the time of the fire, which started in the kitchen.


The two burn victims were airlifted by Carolina Air Care to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, Poland said.

The house, he added, is “pretty well a total loss.”

The fire was investigated by the Richmond County Fire Marshal and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, according to Poland.

Crews were on the scene for about three hours.