NEW INFO: Source Discovered In Greenville Fire

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

New details have emerged on the source of a fire in Greenville that displaced 10 people on Tuesday night.

The fire on Deck Street was started by candles that were left unattended.

The people living in the duplex didn't have electricity, so they were using candles for light. The fire was reported Tuesday night around 6:15 and was ruled unintentional.

The Red Cross says it's working with the 10 people displaced by the fire on finding long-term housing.

Firefighters in Pitt County were busy as two fires destroyed homes about the same time Tuesday night. Greenville firefighters say a fire at a duplex left ten people homeless and injured a firefighter.

Greenville Fire-Rescue was called to the fire at 407 Deck Street at 6:15 p.m. Deck St. is off Evans, just north of Arlington Blvd. One side of the duplex was destroyed. Seven people lived in that unit, and three people lived in the other side, which has smoke damage. All together, ten people were left homeless.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents find a place to stay. A firefighter suffered minor burns to his face and was transported to Vidant Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Also around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday another home burned outside the city limits in the Cherry Oaks subdivision at 207 Lee Street off Fire Tower Road. The Eastern Pines Fire Department says the home was destroyed, but no one was hurt.

The owner, Wendy Gray, says her tenant had just moved in. One person was listed on the lease, though more may have lived there.

The cause is being investigated for both fires.

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