Another Pitt County Fire: Old Mobile Homes Destroyed

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.

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  • by patrick Location: black jack on Feb 14, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    it was not old trade in single wides it was 3 ware houses were rc homes keeps all their stuff a boat and one old doublewide and several trucks and decks but it wont just old trailers it was valuable buildings
  • by neal Location: greenville on Feb 14, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    In responce to Daves comment. Please research the facts. The facts are. This was an intense fire fueled by dry brush, trees and high winds. This was not a "trailer park". It was a manufactured and modular home dealership. The homes that were affected were older singlewide tradeins. Manufactured and modular homes built today are built out of the same materials used in site built homes. You owe it to yourself to research this industry when you are in the market for a quality built home at a truely affordable price.
  • by BBQ Lover Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 11:01 PM
    I could see the smoke across a field from my driveway, which was west of my house. As for the brush fire on Thur., only 3-4 miles from where I live, wow, scary!
  • by robert Location: grimesland on Feb 13, 2009 at 08:59 PM
    WOW is correct.. if you smoke don't take the chance of sharing your fire.
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 13, 2009 at 08:50 PM
    Dave, is that tad bit of info really necessary?
  • by Terria Baynor Location: Pinetown on Feb 13, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    I came through at about 1:45pm and the fire hadn't been going long. The flames were shooting about 30 feet in the air. It started along that road, then into the pine trees and behind the houses that are between the equipment company and the mobile home sales. It had not reached there, but it was really obvious that they were going to get it. The fire department hadn't arrived at the scene when I went by. All I could think of is gosh, is that really what I am seeing. It was so out of control. Just lucky that nobody was injured.
  • by Dave on Feb 13, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    This isn't surprising because North Carolina has the most trailer parks in the US.
  • by WOW on Feb 13, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    People please do not throw out your cigarette butts during these dry times.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    When I came through about 2:30 264 east was shut down, had to backtrack around Old Pactolus Hwy. The smoke was really belching up something awful, never got close enough to see what was going on though. I was told the fires were at one of the mobile home dealerships, sucks for those guys but at least it wasn't someones home, and hopefully no one got injured.

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