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Fire Marshal: Mechanical Failure Of Fire Truck Likely Cause Of Fire

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Investigators say they have zeroed in on what probably started a fire at a the North River Fire Station near Beaufort.

Carteret County Fire Marshal Eddie Lewis says the cause of fire was most likely a mechanical failure in the truck that was in the middle bay.

Lewis says he's turned the evidence over to a professional mechanic who works with insurance companies to get more information about cause.

The donation of a new fire truck to North River allows the department to once again respond to fires in its district.

The firefighters gear and pagers were not damaged in the Sunday afternoon fire.

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A local fire department was destroyed by a fire over the weekend. On Monday, they again had to rely on another department when the fire rekindled.

The North River Volunteer Fire Department went up in flames early Sunday morning. While no one was hurt, everything inside the building was destroyed.

The Assistant Fire Chief says they expect insurance to cover 100% of the damage.

The department protects six miles of Carteret County. Neighboring fire stations have stepped up to help cover that area, until a fire truck is back in service. Their hope is that will happen by next week.

No word yet on what caused the blaze.
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Officials say the North River Fire Department caught fire around 5:36 Sunday morning.

Emergency Services Director John Ford said, "All fire apparatus and equipment are a total loss."

The Beaufort Fire Department will cover the district for now until a long term solution for fire services is decided on, according to Ford.

The department has already received several offers for donations. Individuals wishing to donate should contact the North River Fire Chief at (252) 342-7784.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, but do not expect any foul play or suspicious activity.



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Firefighters are battling a blaze at a fire station in Carteret County Sunday morning.

We put in a call to Firefighters at the Beaufort Fire Department who say the volunteer fire station at North River is on fire. They couldn't yet comment on what started that blaze or if there are any injuries so far.

That fire station is located just north of Beaufort. We'll bring you the latest as we get more information from firefighters on the scene.


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