The investigation into Friday morning's mansion fire in Greenville has been turned over to police.
Greenville Fire Rescue says the fire at the home on Prince Drive started in a storage room inside the attached garage, but the exact cause is undetermined.
The home, owned by Donald and Carolyn Stanley, is over 9,500 square feet. Three people inside manage to escape the blaze, but one Greenville firefighter was take to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
In all, 35 firefighters battle the blaze which took several hours to extinguish.
Firefighters say a huge Greenville house that burned early this morning only had one smoke detector.
The 9500 square foot home on Prince Road was heavily damage in the 2:30 a.m. fire.
Captain Brock Davenport says they initially dispatched six fire trucks and five ambulances to the fire. They say fighting the fire was like fighting an apartment fire, with more than 35 members on the scene and other departments from the county manning Greenville fire stations.
The three people inside got out uninjured. Investigators believe the fire started in the garage area. They say it may be the afternoon before they determine an exact cause.
Deputy Chief Eric Griffin says the homeowner told him there was only one smoke detector in the expansive home, and that was in the kitchen.
Tax records say the home is owned by Donald & Carolyn Stanley. Those records show the home is 9,547 square feet and was built in 1971. It has a tax value of just under $375,000.
A family of three is lucky to be alive after their home caught fire early Friday morning.
Greenville Fire-Rescue tells WITN it happened on Prince Road.
Two adults and a teen were sleeping inside when the fire alarm went off.
They were able to escape safely, but the size of the home, which is 9,000 square feet, has made the fire fighting tough.
One fireman had to be taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Information Officer Shannon Terry, says 35 members of their personnel are on the scene and have been since 2:30am when the call came in.
Other fire departments in Pitt County have come in to man the Greenville stations which were left empty because all the trucks were on this one house fire.
Stay with WITN as we bring you more information as it becomes available to us.
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