11/30/05 — Afternoon fire destroys city family's home

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Afternoon fire destroys city family's home

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on November 30, 2005 1:49 PM

A mobile home was destroyed Tuesday in a fire that was caused by unattended cooking, a Goldsboro Fire Department official said.

The lone occupant and owner, Latisha Johnson, escaped unharmed from her single-wide home at 150 Country View Drive.

Trailer Fire

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber

Goldsboro firefighters check for hot spots in the home of Alesia Johnson after a fire gutted the family's trailer on Country View Drive.

"It was 50 percent involved" when firefighters arrived, Fire Lt. Carlton Parks said today. "There were open flames showing."

The blaze started from a pot on the stove, he said.

The 10-foot-by-50-foot home and its contents were valued at $5,000, Parks said. The home was owned by Ms. Johnson's mother, Alesia Johnson, who lives at 146 Country View Drive.

Fifteen firefighters answered the 1:57 p.m. call with three engines, a ladder and a command car. The first engine arrived at 2:03 p.m., and the fire was controlled at 2:11 p.m. They remained until 3:20 p.m. to investigate the cause and finish salvage work.

No adjacent homes were threatened by the fire, Parks said. "Everyone did a good job," he added.