A Craven County man is taking the blame for accidentally setting a trailer on fire.
Officials say an abandoned trailer caught fire around 6 o'clock this evening near Bridgeton in the 900 block of Antioch Road.
It took 25 firefighters from two volunteer fire departments to put it out, said Ira Whitford, assistant fire marshal with the Craven County Emergency Services.
Jason Hartley says it all started because he was burning branches nearby.
He says he started a fire, but when he started having difficulty getting the fire to grow, he walked away, believing the flames would go out by themselves. By the time he turned around, the flames had spread to the trailer where he stores hay, he said.
The trailer was fully engulfed in flames and is now destroyed, Whitford said.
"I feel pretty bad about it. I mean, you know what I'm saying? I mean, we needed that trailer, you know, but that's how it is," said Hartley.
No one was living in the trailer and no one was hurt, said Whitford.
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