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Irwin Dr.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

This residential building, now owned by the government, was once an orphanage. In order to escape alive when a fire struck, the manager of the house abandoned all of the children inside; no children survived the inferno. To this day, sounds of children playing on the stairs, and then screams announcing “Fire! Fire,” have been heard.

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chris says:

February 23, 2006, 8:15 pm

Hi i am stationed on fort bragg where about is the building. I have never herd of it! thanks

Shannon says:

June 21, 2006, 6:37 pm

Anyone interested in the paranormal, I am co founder of a local group in Fayetteville, North Carolina called NAM GHOST HUNTING SOCIETY. My partner and I are looking for some new members willing to go on investigations. We have already partially investigated the Vander Light haunting and are currently working on a new investigation at the Clarion Prince Charles Hotel. We still have to go back to with our equipment to Vander, but we did catch pictures of several orbs and ectoplasm. Our contact info is on our web site.
Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!!

Mike says:

July 10, 2006, 5:59 pm

My dad got stationed at Ft. Bragg and I hope to be able to go in and check it out! I’d hate to toot my own horn, but I am somewhat of an expert on the subject.That building sounds cool!

Donna says:

October 12, 2006, 1:24 pm

I lived here in fayetteville… I have heard of many stories about that irwin drive…..

jorden says:

October 17, 2006, 4:17 pm

I go to irwin fort bragg north carolina

dashanae says:

October 28, 2006, 9:19 pm

I too live near ft. bragg and have never heard of it where is it? i would like to go tomm. on sunday if its open thanks

brittany says:

November 10, 2006, 11:25 pm


brittany,alex, savanna,colby says:

November 10, 2006, 11:28 pm

this is such a stupid story you really need to learn how to write stories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emi says:

November 27, 2006, 1:45 pm

If anyone can let me know exactly where this place is then please contact me at Thanks!

Logan says:

March 24, 2007, 5:38 pm

mean manager

tracy says:

June 22, 2007, 7:08 pm

could someone tell me how to get to this old orphanage in fort bragg you can email me at

Amber says:

June 23, 2007, 4:19 pm

What a JERK!

nicole says:

July 16, 2007, 11:36 pm

omg! what a mean manager! who would leave little kids a a burning building. cruel people in this world!!!!!!!!!!!

Gloria says:

August 2, 2007, 3:57 am

What a cruel and selfish manager. I couldn’t even possibly think of letting the poor orphans being engulfed in the flames.

I can already hear the childrens’ choked-off cries for desperate help as the manager just deserted them.

Let his guilt weigh him down to his rightful place in hell!

Russ says:

August 28, 2007, 1:47 am

I am stationed on Bragg and the only Irwin dr. i know is a residential street off of knox. no old buildings other than the crappy base housing thats on it.. the old office that i am assuming this story is about is no longer there.. they rebuilt it. and being that i live across the street from it and frequent the office cause my house is a piece of ****..the only screaming you hear is me when my **** is broke..

lesha says:

September 21, 2007, 4:25 pm

I have lived in fort bragg for over 20 years, my father was stationed there and i have friends that are now stationed there. i have never heard of this story– EVER

jocelyn says:

September 27, 2007, 4:10 pm

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Mike says:

October 5, 2007, 11:21 am

Seems that SOME of you really, really want to believe. You hear a story, then you want to grab a camera and run to the place for a few hours. That’s fine, but REAL investigations OF ANY KIND take time and a lot of work. If I wanted to do a CREDIBLE investigation (meaning i’m looking for solid evidence) I would start like this:

1) Start at the library. Find out if an orphanage actually existed in the area. If you can’t find anything, the librarian should be able to tell you where to go. She may send to the town hall in Fayetteville or Spring Lake or the Cumberland County’s office of deeds and/or vital records or something like that. That type of thing is public information. You’re entitled to it.

Chances are the area was not part of Fort Bragg at the time. I find it hard to believe that there would be an orphanage on a military base when it would be more appropriate to put it in Fayetteville or Spring Lake, but anything’s possible.

2) Once you’ve confirmed that the orphanage existed, find out if there was ever really a fire there. Police reports and fire dept. reports are also public record. This will take some work because every town does things differently and you’ll probably have to fill out some kind of archive request and pay a few bucks. Something that long ago will take time to find. Also, you have to consider the fire/police depts. Back then Fayetteville PD or FD may not have existed yet, maybe the Sheriff’s dept or the county’s fire dept. responded.

3) The reports should tell you how many people died and will likely give you names. By this point, you should know who the manager of the place was and if he/she is not listed as dying in the fire, then it could lead one to believe the idea that he abandoned the kids. BUT that may not be the case. He simply could’ve tried to help and survived. Obituaries are a solid too if you can find them.

NOTE: Simply saying that the manager abandoned the kids without knowing for sure instantly damages your credibility as an investigator. That goes for anything you repeat that you can’t confirm. The first rule of investigating is corroborate, corroborate, corroborate! It’s not evidence unless you can prove it.

4) Okay, let’s say you’ve confirmed that the orphanage existed in the area. You’ve confirmed that there was a fire and that children died in the fire. You have copies of all these official forms to prove this in your report. (I would get the copies notorized as well, because you will likely be accused of doctoring or creating them on your own).

Now it’s time to research what ever is actually on the site. How long has it been there? How many buildings were there after the orphanage? Who owns the place? Who works there? Who lives there? Some of these questions may have been answered while doing your previous research. Talk to the current and former owners/occupants/employees if it’s possible. Find out what they believe and what they’ve heard. Be respectful, but don’t take their stories as evidendce. Remember your out to PROVE this, not collect more stories. When discussing their experiences, find out where they were, what was happening, what time of day and even what time of year. This info may or may not be important, but you may want to use it to decide when you will do your investigation. You’ll be taking notes, but record the conversations too. That way you can listen to them and maybe you’ll even pick up on things you missed. You could then go back to them with follow up questions.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to talk to architects and builders. it may seem like a waste of time but you’ll learn some interesting things about “house settling noises” how wood expands and contracts, what the weather and position of the house in the sun can do. Plumbers are a good idea too. They may be able to tell you about old plumbing problems, metal vs pvc piping and things like that. If you do this, you will gain credibility as a thorough investigator.

5) Now that the work is out of the way, it’s on to the fun stuff.

Dates: This may not always be possible, but keep the dates as vauge as possible. If you can ask for permission the same day you want to do your investigation that’s great. That way it’s difficult for anyone to set you up w/fake ghosts or noises. Don’t tell anyone that you don’t have to tell. The last thing you need is some idiot hiding out making noises and shadows to make you think you got something.

Partners: No ghost freaks. many investigators want to believe so badly that they accept almost anything. It’s almost better to take a skeptic or someone who’d rather disprove than prove. This will help keep your investigation honest.

Equipment: Make sure you have great recording equipment and adequate power sources- No one wants to hear, “I would’ve had something, but the ghost drained my batteries.” I’ve heard that it can happen, but no one wants to hear that excuse. Place your equipment strategically- No one wants to hear, “The ghost was out of our camera range.”

Personal expericences don’t count as evidence. Neither do psychics or “sensitive people.” Iâ??m not saying they arenâ??t legit, Iâ??m just saying they arenâ??t evidence. –YES I know police use psychics sometimes, but you will never hear them mentioned in the trial (in court) because they cannot be considered evidence. Remember you want a credible investigation. Just because YOU beleive something doesn’t make it evidence. I think REAL psychics would agree. —

Audio and video is going to be important. Many people believe that EVP’s are really only cross radio waves and those people make a good argument, so I wouldn’t accept EVP’s as evidence unless you get a recording of a direct, specific answer to a question you’ve asked.

For video, I wouldn’t accept a shadow or a figure as hard evidence (although it’s great). To a skeptic, it’s just a shadow of a person or a reflection or something. Unless it does something strange like walk into a wall or fly up into a ceiling or down into the floor. Make sure your pictures and video are clear. You don’t want someone to question your work based on the quality of pictures/video. –I know it’s more fun in the dark, but you can see better if you leave the lights on. (Unless you have a legitimate reason to believe ghosts only work in the dark, I guess). I don’t like orbs, some people do and that’s cool. But at worst, they’re dust or insulation particles reflecting light and floating around in the air. At best, they’re energy balls floating and zipping around and are pretty boring. BUT it is what it is and i guess if you video or photograph it right, you have evidence.

Analysis: Look and listen to your evidence carefully and multiple times. DON’T ACCEPT JUST ANYTHING. Be hard on yourself, it will make you a better investigator, and people will take you more seriously. It’s worth it. You can keep the weak things for yourself and enjoy them, but don’t present them as evidence unless it’s good solid stuff.

If you can afford it, have your evidence alanyzed by private companies that specialize in forensic video/audio and photographic evidence. If you get a legit report from the agency stating that their is no evidence of tampering, doctoring of your work, it’s harder for skeptics to call you out. These forensic companies can enhance video/photo/audio and even see if your ghost is really your cousin weaing a good costume.

Oh, and also two nights of investigating is better than one and a week is even better than that.

I know this type of investigating is time consuming and can get cost a few $$$, and it won’t always be possible to do all of this, but if your serious about investigating and want REAL evidence, it’s the best way to go.

If you’re not that serious and it’s only about having fun, and proving it to yourself and friends, then that’s cool too — grab your camera and hit the streets. Good Luck.


Billy says:

October 20, 2007, 10:58 am

This does not make sense.

Matt says:

October 23, 2007, 1:55 pm

Actually, it makes perfect sense if you want real evidence.


October 28, 2007, 10:44 am

well i live in hope mills nc and im like 30 min form fort brags well i dont belive in that stuff so if enyone goes there and see’s something can you contact me and tell me were to go becuase all this haunting is just a fluk its not real and i never seen nothin like that other then that i would have to say this story is false unless i have actual prof…

Jack Meoff says:

February 5, 2008, 1:40 pm

Ive been to this place and me and my boyfriend had sweaty sex outside and he nuted in my mouth! It was yummy!

Jack Meoff says:

February 5, 2008, 1:51 pm

I love it when a big long **** slides into my wet *****

busheater says:

August 18, 2008, 12:55 pm

******* losers man. dudes get a life there is no and i mean no spirits ghosts or anything. my dead uncle told me..

Dawn says:

September 20, 2008, 1:09 pm

Ok. Did a lil scanning through the internet. Figured if this story is “true” there would be some sort of archive on the internet. The closest I found was an orphange fire elsewhere

Here is the website

Monica says:

September 27, 2008, 1:05 pm

I live in Fayetteville. I use to reside on Fort Bragg. I would love to do some research and possibly visit this building at some point. How can I find out what I need?????

Sandra McDonald says:

January 24, 2009, 1:44 pm

I am Living in Fortbragg,NC Where exactly is this place?! I never Heard of this Happening here.
Irwin Dr. is not that far from where I live here on Base.

James says:

July 21, 2009, 9:13 pm

I live on base and believe there are some haunting phenomena on this post. I experienced an incident the other day while walking in the sudivision where I live, well the story is this me and my kids were walking and we went down this one path and while we had walked we looked down this what seems to be a firebreak and I saw something in the distance that just stood there and when we got closer it disappeared and we went back a few more feet and kept walking and on our way back it got closer to where we were and just vanished. Their are woods in the back of my house and the kids said that something or someone had grabbed their leg and they had black handprints on their leg. Another incident in which I was not present where my brother in law who is visiting us was down at a friends house of ours and said they saw what was a bright flash of light at 2 in the morning in the woods like a cell phone light and the dogs were really upset he said. Can anyone explain this phenomena or supernatural beings that are here?

Jessica says:

August 15, 2009, 9:29 pm

This particular story did not take place on Ft. Bragg. After doing some research I found that a baby orphanage was burned down by the woman who owned it and everyone died. It is said that you can hear the children crying. Check it out yourself
hold down the cntrl button and push the “f” button at the same time and type orphanage and keep clicking next. There was also another fire in Marion but it is now the local High School.

Ida says:

August 28, 2009, 3:52 pm

My son currently lives on base at bragg he told me he kept seeing people who weren’t there, and he’s sure he has three ghosts in his house,I laughed at him….at first. After visiting, I think I’m nuts, I saw three?things? I can’t explain

curt says:

September 7, 2009, 7:41 pm

i live @ 505 Irwin drive and there is sum freaky stuff that goes on in this neighborhood. i have heard childrean playing late at night and heard screams of children saying it hurts it hurts and where is she and all sorts of freaky ****. hey chris it is in the casablanca anzio acres neighborhood the street runs right beside the community center, and thats where most of the freaky stuff happens.i can see the community center from my house and sometimes late at night its really weired around here!!!!!! u should come and see some time for yourself!

Yesenia Bechore says:

September 7, 2009, 7:58 pm

evertthing makes perfect sense. the running up the stairs. the back door sounding like its open. shadows barely tall enough to peer out the window. theres a VERY old playground that sits at the bottom of a hill behind my house. even before i knew about it gave me the chills just looking out my back window. i do have to say that whoever remains in this house has been very good to me as far as not scaring the day lights out of me.

brittney says:

January 26, 2010, 6:46 pm

i live on irwin drive on fort bragg and all ive seen is a bunch of old houses… the only building looks new!

Layla says:

August 9, 2010, 11:22 am

I lived in base housing on West Luzon Drive. The housing has since been torn down and new housing has been built since. When I lived there, many residents complained about Poltergeist activity. We’d have our washer lids come up, or refrigerator doors come open, cabinets open by themselves and the sounds of someone walking up and down the stairs. At fist, I thought nothing of these things and thought my neighbors were being hysterical UNTIL I saw the ghost for myself. I had never believed in ghosts until one night back in 2003, my husband and I woke up to our son crying only to see what appeared to be a white mist/shape of a woman go through our wall. Several weeks later, my sister, a soldier at Fort Bragg spent the night at our housing with her husband. She heard sounds in the kitchen and assumed we were up getting a bottle for our infant. She laid down and started to go off to sleep when she said she felt uneasy and opened her eyes to see the ghost of a man dressed in an old style uniform standing over her bed. It was shortly after this, we moved. We shared a common wall with two units and our building had at least 6 units in it. Everyone within 12A to 12G West Luzon Drive experienced paranormal activity.

Reports were made to the housing unit that had been sold to a civilian owned company…but nobody ever investigated it and it was pretty much laughed off by the company.

It was until that experience that I became a believer in the unknown/paranormal.

sandra says:

February 16, 2011, 10:23 pm

where’s the location,I live 15 minutes from ft, bragg!!that sounds interesting,,,

teresa says:

March 1, 2011, 1:37 pm

it sounds interesting for ppl who like this kind stuff, but i will have to check this out sometime.

keith says:

March 31, 2011, 4:29 pm

hi,i came acrossyour status that asks for a couple people who would like to help with the investigations..i have been intriged with the paranormal since i was about 7 yrs old when i had my own experiance of apparitions and moving objects in our home..ive grown with extreme fascination of what still walks among us,and why. never have i been so excited to hear of NAM. i would be honored if you and your partner would have me,to experience and investigate along side of you both..please contact back me back…my e-mail is listed..looking forward to hearing from the mean time,best of luck in what you and most of us are looking for,which are answers of the unknown!

Mary says:

September 4, 2013, 7:32 am

I currently live at 504 Irwin dr Fort Bragg. There have been weird things happening since I moved in almost a year ago. my doors randomly open and close, all of my cabinets and kitchen drawers will be open when i wake up in the morning, lights that I know I’ve turned off end up on, my pets refuse to go upstairs some days and they will just sit and stare up the stairs. I’ve heard voices calling for a marcy or mercy. The house was renovated right before I moved in and is now bigger. There used to be 6 doors at the front of the building that I live in and now there is only 3 and there is a small add on. My neighbors have also said they have seen stuff. One neighbor has said she keeps seeing a little boy playing on her stairs. creeeeepy if you ask me. This explains a lot, IF this did in fact happen.

Annie says:

December 6, 2013, 11:24 pm

The building is now a residential building but was really an orphanage at one time.

amanda says:

October 15, 2014, 12:11 pm

I live in the Casablanca neighborhood really close to Irwin Dr and yea… there’s no building. Just a bunch of ****** houses. Sorry but I think this one is bull

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