Four to five old mobile homes have been destroyed in Pitt County by wildfire.
The fire broke out on Highway 264 between Washington and Greenville at a mobile home sales lot early afternoon. If you are driving from Greenville and turn right onto Highway 264 East, the mobile homes are just a short distance up the road. The mobile home sales lot is near an equipment company.
Firefighters say the fire is contained but they continue to monitor it. Authorities believe a tossed cigarette may have started the blaze.
Reporter Michael Baldwin reported planes and helicopters dropped
retardant on the scene. A huge plume of black smoke filled the air. There were traffic delays on Highway 264. A portion of Highway 264 was blocked off from Greenville Boulevard to about a half mile up Highway 264, but the roadway is now completely open.
The sales staff had to be evacuated. Cars caught on fire.
No occupied homes caught fire, and no residential homes were evacuated.
Twenty-five acres have burned. The wind is blowing east. There have been no injuries.
The aircraft got water to drop on the fire from a pond at a nearby ECU recreation center.