Crews fight fire

Crews from several departments put out a blaze at Monroe Johnson Construction Co. on Merrimon Road in Beaufort Tuesday morning. (Contributed photo)

BEAUFORT — One person sustained minor injuries following a blaze at Monroe Johnson Construction Co. at 313 Merrimon Road in Beaufort Tuesday.

At 10:30 a.m., fire crews from Beaufort, North River, Otway, Harkers Island and the County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the fire. By 11 a.m., firefighters had extinguished the fire.

Prior to their arrival, Monroe Johnson owner Tony Bonaylla and several of his employees did what they could to contain the fire that was largely sequestered to a corner of the building. Mr. Bonaylla sustained minor injuries to his leg, largely from his efforts to stop the fire from spreading.

According to Mr. Bonaylla, the fire started while he was working on a truck. A part fell from the truck and caught fire, and the blaze quickly grew.

He said crews were on the scene in minutes and managed to quickly contain the fire. No other structures were in danger.


Contact Dean-Paul Stephens at 252-726-7081, ext. 232; email; or follow on Twitter @DeanPEStephens.

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