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Quick thinking officer spots fire on Ash Street

By: Erin Smith

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Bladenboro Police Officer Tonya Bullard was on routine patrol on Monday afternoon when she spotted a storage building on fire behind a residence on Ashe Street.

According to Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt, Officer Bullard reported the to the Bladen County Communications and in communications notified the fire department. Lt. Rouse heard the call and also responded to the scene to assist Officer Bullard.

“They knocked on the door to alert the homeowner and learned he was asleep,” said Chief Hunt. The officers and the homeowner tried to contain the fire until the fire department arrived.

The fire was contained to the storage building which is a complete loss. Chief Hunt said there were concerns about some propane tanks and gas cans that were stored in the building. There were also tools stored the building.

“I want to commend Officer Bullard for a job well done,” said Chief Hunt. “With the propane tanks inside and the various five gallon gas cans and tools filled with gas in there it could have caused a lot of damage had they exploded.”

He added, “I want to thank the fire department for their quick response. Everybody did an outstanding job.”

Bladenboro Fire Department Deputy Chief Andy Coleman said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. He also praised the quick response of the Bladenboro, Clarkton and Dublin fire departments to the scene. The Bladenboro Police Department and Bladen County EMS also responded.

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