CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Four people were hospitalized after a home in Johnston County was severely damaged by a fire on Friday afternoon.
The incident reported just after 4 p.m. at a two-story home at 715 Winding Oak Way, which is off Cleveland Road north of Willow Springs.
The home appeared to sustain major damage from the fire with the roof burned away.
Five people were displaced from the home. Two men and two toddlers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, officials said.
A woman also lives at the home and was displaced.
“(A friend) advised me there was a house on fire, but he wasn’t sure if it was my house,” said neighbor Greg Hughes. “I immediately got in my car and got here as quickly as I could get here.”
He said the homeowner was distraught.
“It was definitely a concern. Definitely adrenaline because you don’t want a loss of life,” Hughes said. “Any time there’s a fire, there’s a possibility of a loss of a life.”
First responders expect them all to be OK. They partly credit the working smoke alarms.
“Smoke alarms save lives, so please check the smoke alarms and have an escape plan,” said Johnston County Fire Marshal Adam Stanley.
Three fire departments battled the fire. It took them about an hour to get it under control.
Firefighters told CBS 17 the wind and vinyl siding on the house complicated the process.
“I’m very thankful they were able to get out and I’m very fortunate if the wind was blowing in the opposite direction, it would’ve been my house,” Hughes said.
Hughes told CBS 17 the Hunters Mill neighborhood is tight-knit. They’ll be there to help the family in any way they can.
“They’re very good people,” said Hughes.
The side of a different neighbor’s home was also damaged.
The American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide relief assistance.
There was no word about what caused the fire.
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