NEW INFO: Fire At Pitt Co. Auto Salvage Business Isn't Suspicious

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New information on a Pitt County business that caught fire on Tuesday.

West Auto Sales and Salvage, located off Highway 11 south of Bethel, went up in flames Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Phil Woolard of the Bethel Fire Department said the fire is not suspicious.

Woolard said officials still don't know what caused the blaze.
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Fire struck at a Pitt County auto salvage business, destroying a large storage building.

The blaze broke out shortly after 2:00 p.m. at West Auto Sales & Salvage on Highway 11, south of Bethel.

Flames and smoke from the fire were seen from North Pitt High School.

Multiple fire departments battled the blaze, which took volunteers about 20 minutes to bring under control.

Phil Woolard with the Bethel Fire Department says they're still investigating what sparked the fire, but at the time a worker was inside transferring fuel from one tank to another when the fire began. Woolard says they do not believe that started the fire.

The employee safely got outside and no one was injured. Woolard says the owner's personal boats, a race car and other items were inside at the time.

The owners live right next door to the business and tell us they are very fortunate everyone is okay.


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