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Early Morning Fire Destroys River Road Home; No One Injured

Fire destroyed a River Road home early Tuesday morning February 25th. The homeowners escaped through a window. The home, vehicles and an RV camper were destroyed. A neighboring home also experienced exterior damage.

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - Fire destroyed a home at 8453 River Road early Tuesday morning February 25th. The homeowners escaped through a window climbing down a rope ladder to a deck and then down a ladder put up by a neighbor coming to their aid. The fire totally destroyed the house, vehicles and an RV camper.
Firefighters with the New Hanover County Fire Department, Wilmington Fire Department and Carolina Beach Fire Department responded to the scene just before 2AM Tuesday morning. The home is owned by Carolina Beach Fire Department Deputy Chief Granger Soward. He and his wife Diane were at home when the fire broke out and were able to make their way to safety. Tuesday afternoon fire crews and investigators were on scene to investigate possible causes of the blaze.
The fire caused exterior damage to a neighboring structure and a boat.
An account has been setup at First Citizen's Bank for the Soward family. Donations can be made at any First Citizen's Bank in New Hanover County or checks made payable to Granger Soward can be dropped off at Blue Water Realty, 1000 S. Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach.