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A burn pit that wasn’t extinguished properly caused a fire that destroyed two homes in Leland’s Windsor Park neighborhood Sunday, April 17.
No residents were injured.
The fire, which started in a rolling cart between 1190 and 1188 Amber Pines Drive, was reported at 3:20 p.m.
A resident said he watered down materials he had put in the cart from a burn pit before going to bed the night before, about five hours before emergency personnel responded.
Both houses were fully involved when firefighters arrived. It took a little more than an hour for them to extinguish the blaze and the houses are a total loss, Leland Fire Department Chief John Grimes said. Two neighboring homes were also damaged.
Firefighters from Leland, Winnabow, Navassa, Northwest, New Hanover County and Acme-Delco-Riegelwood fire departments, as well as Brunswick County emergency services personnel, were on the scene, Grimes said.
The State Bureau of Investigation also examined the cause and origin of the fire.
Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or email@example.com.