NEW INFO: Farmville Firefighter Was Trapped Nearly To Chest In Fallen Brick

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A local volunteer firefighter is expected to undergo surgery after breaking his leg when a wall collapsed during a house fire.

The chief of the Farmville Fire Department says Charles Tripp was trapped in brick nearly to his chest when the wall crumbled early Friday.

Vidant Medical Center says Tripp is in good condition.

Three fire departments responded to the 3:15 a.m. call for a house fire at 5621 Stantonsburg Road. Farmville Fire Chief Lee Keel says three other firefighters working alongside Tripp were able to get out of the way of the wall when it collapsed as they fought flames outside the house.

It took crews about two minutes to free Tripp, according to Virgil O'Neal, the chief of the Bell Arthur Fire Department.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Chief O'Neal said early Friday there was no reason to think it was suspicious.



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A firefighter was hit by a falling wall while battling the Friday morning blaze in Pitt County.

Three different fire departments were called to the 5600-block of Stantonsburg Road in Bell Arthur at 3:12 a.m. Friday.

The fire broke out at 5621 Stantonsburg Road.

Chief Virgil O'Neal of Bell Arthur said a Farmville firefighter suffered a broken leg after a wall fell on him while fighting the blaze. However, that firefighter was not burned.

No one was home at the time, but according to O'Neal, someone does live at the home. Crews are working to get in touch with the home owner.

O'Neal said the cause of the fire will likely be determined once investigators get enough daylight to see things better.

For now, crews said they do not consider the cause of the fire suspicious.

As soon as we gather new details on this story, you will find updates here.


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