UPDATE: Child Playing With Lighter Sparked Havelock House Fire

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Investigators say a child playing with a lighter caused Tuesday afternoon's fire in which a toddler was rescued.

Dylan Burkett was saved from the intense flames by a Havelock firefighter as the toddler was napping in his bedroom of the home on Main Street.

His father and older brother managed to escape the burning home.

The fire department has ruled the fire an accident.

Dylan was released from Vidant Medical Center on Thursday.


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Two funds have been set up to help that Havelock family who lost everything in yesterday's house fire on East Main Street.

Officials at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville said Dylan Burkett was in good condition early Wednesday morning.

The child was napping in the home around noon when the fire broke out. Firefighter Charles Winter went inside and rescued child while the home was fully engulfed.

The family has three boys, ages 5, 3, and 2, as well as a 5 month old daughter.

Checks can be written to White Oak Church of God, with an earmark Matson/Burkett Fire Fund and sent to 5054 Highway 24, Newport 28570. Persons wishing to donate items can call 252-393-8484.

A fund has also been set up at the First Citizens Bank in Havelock. Please make donations to the Matson Burkett Family Relief Fund. The bank is also accepting clothes, food and toys for the family.

No word yet on what caused the house fire.


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The toddler rescued from a house fire on Tuesday is healing at a local hospital.

Officials at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville said Dillon Burkett was in good condition early Wednesday morning.

The child was napping in a home around noon at the corner of Pineview Street and East Main Street in Havelock when a fire broke out.

Firefighter Charles Winter went inside and rescued child while the home was fully engulfed.

No word yet on what cause the house fire.


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A toddler rescued this afternoon from a burning home has been transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The fire call came in around noon at the corner of Pineview Street and East Main Street.

Firefighters say the house was fully engulfed with flames showing through the roof.

Havelock officials say everyone escaped the fire, but two people were taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center as a precaution.

Relatives say a family of six lived in the house and the father and two children were home at the time. They say the father managed to get 4 year-old William Burkett out, but two-year-old Dillon Burkett was still inside napping.

Firefighter Charles Winter went inside and safely got the child out. "There was someone inside trapped, a baby. So I went inside and they told me where they thought the baby was so I went into that window...couldn't find the baby," Winter told WITN. "I came back out the window and they told me they could hear crying from a separate window and eventually I found the baby in the second bedroom I went into."

Winter injured his fingers, but remained at the fire scene.

Family members say the father was also taken to the hospital because of smoke inhalation.

The fire was under control in about 35 minutes and there's no word yet on what started the fire.

Friends of the family are in the process of setting up a relief fund and a location where people can donate items. The family has three boys, ages 5, 3,and 2 as well as a 5 month old baby girl.

When more information is available on that fund, this story will be updated.


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