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By Charlotte Smith

Tragedy has struck Bladen County repeatedly this week. Multiple fires have firefighters using their teamwork skills. However, one family lost everything according to Bladen County Fire Marshall, Kenneth Clark.

The loss was from a structure fire on Maysville Lane in Tar Heel according to Clark. The call was dispatched on Wednesday evening according to a post from Tar Heel Fire Chief, David Hunsinger, Sr. on social media.

The double wide home was a total loss for the Shaw family. “They lost everything,” Fire Marshall Clark said. At the time of publication, Clark did not have the cause of the fire reported.

Red Cross was called to assist the family with the loss, Clark said.

Chief Hunsinger, Sr. said in his post on Thursday, “I want to send out a thank you to Bladen County Dispatch, Tar Heel Fire Dept., White Oak Fire Dept., Tobemory Fire Dept., Bladenboro Fire Dept., East Howsville Fire Dept., Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, and Tar Heel Rescue for the help you gave us on the structure Fire last night. Everyone was tired, cold, wet and exhausted but kept going til WE succeeded what we needed to get done. Again thank you!”

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said in a public statement, “We are very proud of all of our employees as well as volunteers for our county. We have an amazing team of first responders in Bladen County.”

Fire Marshall Clark said if anyone would like to assist the Shaw family they may reach out to the Tar Heel Fire Department or Cheif Hunsinger.

There was mild, cool weather on Friday which is one positive point for local firefighters. Two fire calls were dispatched on Friday.

One was a structure fire and the other was a fire on the railroads according to Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark.

The structure fire was located at an old paint shop in close proximity to a home on Soup Hair Road in Elizabethtown. Firefighters extinguished the fire which caused some damage to the paint shop. The fire was caused by a fire in the pump house Clark reported.

After the structure fire call, there was another fire call to Grice Street in Bladenboro due to a fire on railroad ties Clark said. The fire was hard for firefighters to extinguish because it was between two canals, but the fire was eventually controlled by Bladenboro Fire Department according to Clark.

The cause of the railroad fire was still unreported at the time of publication.

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