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Fire destroys home, displaces 6

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LUCAMA — A mother and daughter escaped a fire that consumed a Lucama mobile home Friday morning.

Brendon Dawson said his long-time girlfriend Melissa Gamez, 40, and their 4-year-old daughter, Tara Lynn Dawson, were home when the fire started at their residence, located at 6502 Little Rock Church Road.

The residence is at House’s Mobile Home Park between the two ends of Juanita Loop 1 mile south of Lucama.

According to Capt. Brian Cooke of the Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, the call came in about 10:52 a.m.

“When we pulled up there was heavy smoke and fire showing from the bedroom window on the trailer,” Cooke said, adding it took about 10 minutes to get the fire under control.

According to Cooke, 15 firefighters from Crossroads, Black Creek and Kenly fire departments helped fight the fire.

“The mother was inside giving her daughter a bath when she smelled something not right,” Cooke said. “They were able to get out through the back door. The mother actually tried to go back in to put the fire out. We educated her about it, that once you made it out safe, don’t go back in.”

Cooke said Gamez had smoke inhalation, but the little girl was fine. Gamez was treated at the scene by Wilson EMS.

A gaping hole in the side of the trailer with a charred interior was what remained of the home after the fire.

“I would say it is probably a total loss between the smoke, fire and water damage to the house and the contents,” Cooke said.

There were no injuries among the firefighters who responded to the scene.

Brandon Dawson said the residents of the home also included his son, Bendon Dawson Jr., and Brandy Gamez, 23, and Cataleya Mayes, 6.

Dawson, a native of Lucama, was at work in Middlesex when he got a call about the fire.

“I about had a panic attack. I couldn’t breathe,” Dawson said.

Dawson, 33, said the family’s clothes and other possessions were burned in the fire.

“It could have been worse,” Dawson said.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Jeanette Pridgen, a neighbor who lives nearby, heard the fire whistle go off.

“We walked to the front door and saw some smoke. We walked down here, and it was fully involved,” Pridgen said. “The flames weren’t coming out of the roof, but they were visible through the windows. You could see the flames. The smoke was real dark coming out.”

“They did a real good job of putting it out,” Pridgen said. “We’re blessed to have volunteer firemen out in the county. They are all volunteers.”

Dawson said that four years ago, the family had another fire in their home when Tara Lynn was just 1 month old.

“She was born on Jan. 15, and the house burned in February,” Dawson said.

Dawson said the family has been living in their current residence for more than three months.

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