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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  • by KevinsKandles Location: Canada on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:33 PM
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  • by KevinsKandles Location: Montreal on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:29 PM
    Most accidental candle fires like this can be prevented! Kevin's Kandles provide an innovative concept in safer candles for illumination. These candles are Much Safer than traditional candles, Convenient, Inexpensive and Environmentally Friendly. Ideal for Emergency and Disaster Preparedness. Help reduce the risk of accidental candle fires in our communities by visiting Kein's Kandles
  • by firefighter Location: farmville on Feb 2, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    yall need to shut up talkn junk about the firefighters we would try to save you in a fire or wreck whatever it takes we would do it
  • by FirefightersWife34 on Feb 2, 2012 at 07:02 AM
    To all the ones that want to bash EPFR for what they do, you should be ashamed. These are hard working and very dedicated firemen. They are always training and giving up their time with family to be at the fire station. Yes you may think that all they do is watch cars pass or have to many "kids" running around but what you dont see is these firemen training day and night preparing for whatever situation they maybe handed next so they can risk their life for someone they may or not know. Thats the kind of people they are; kind and caring. So you may want to rethink your statements next time you want to talk trash about fire depts or emergency personnel, they could be coming to save your *** one day!
  • by Gregory Location: Cherry Oaks on Feb 1, 2012 at 09:46 PM
    I live in this neighborhood and there have been alot of strange things that have happened through the past few years. There seems to be some kids that live on the corner near the pool that like to play with fire and terrorize this neighborhood with eggs on a regular basis. Ive called GPD several times but nothing is ever done about it. Cherry Oaks used to be a nice place to live but its being taken over by WHODLEMS!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 09:27 PM
    Firefighters do great work and definitely risk their lives more than anyone. Good work firefighters. And also the EMT's great job to you guys too.
  • by EPFR is AWESOME on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    To the people and or person who is posting negatvie comments about EPFR SHAME on you... you must not have nothing better to do with your time than say negative things about that fire dept... That fire dept is one of the best around and has a great bunch of guys that volunteer and take time away from their families to train! Those guys are awesome and do a GREAT job, it takes a special individual to be apart of the fire service and I am so glad to know each and one of them, and NO im not a firefighter but a firefighters girlfriend of that dept. Keep up the good work EPFR you guys are AWESOME and their will always be someone out their who is going to try and take away your shine!
  • by EPFR Firefighter's Proud Mom Location: Greenville on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    To: Me I'm very proud of all the men who volunteer at Eastern Pine Fire/Rescue Dept. They train many hours so they can go fight fires in their community. So if you think you could do a better job then get your lazy ... off the couch and go volunteer. Also some one said maybe they should let your house burn but these men care to much about the people in their community and would never let that happen. My mama always said if you don't have something nice to say then keep your big fat mouth shut. Thank you to all that service at Eastern Pines Fire/Rescue Dept.
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      by Take your own advice on Feb 1, 2012 at 09:07 PM in reply to EPFR Firefighter's Proud Mom
      Keep your fat mouth shut and listen to your mama....
  • by laura Location: greenville on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:05 PM
    Thank you to the Eastern Pines FD for their response to the fire in Cherry Oaks. To everyone putting them down...I'll take these guys over paying Greenville's mile high city taxes any day.
  • by Firefighters wife and proud of it Location: greenville on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM
    Some people should be shamed!!!My husband is the firefighter that was injured in the fire last night. He puts his life on the line for people he don't even know and for someone to bash them really irritates me. I'm sure if it was your house on fire you would be praying they arrive to help your family!!! Until you walk in their shoes you have no right to judge. Don't hate because they are man enough to do what you can't!!!!
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      by Proud Firefighter's Wife on Feb 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to Firefighters wife and proud of it
      I completely agree with you!! Most people don't realize the huge risk(s) our husbands are faced with whenever a call goes out but they do it because they have a passion for helping others. People who have the nerve to talk negatively about the men and women who will risk their own life to save theirs obviously need a leason on respect. My husband loves what he does and I have a great deal of respect for him. I consider him and all other firefighters heroes. I am glad that your husband is ok and that he didn't get hurt worse than he did! I pray that one day, everyone will have the same respect for them as we do, we can only hope.
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        by Firefighters wife and proud of it on Feb 1, 2012 at 03:04 PM in reply to Proud Firefighter's Wife
        Thank you for the kind words. Yes my husband is very blessed and his injuries will heal in time. It could have been so much worse and I thank god it wasn't. I recieved my worst night mare last night and that was my husband being injured. I feel like you I think all fire personal men and women are heros and I have nothing but respect for them. I am proud of my husband and support his passion of being a firefighter. My respect and appreciation to your husband as well. Your right one day I hope people give these men and women the respect they deserve and I wonder what its gonna take for that to happen.
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          by Proud Firefighter's Wife on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:08 PM in reply to Firefighters wife and proud of it
          You are certainly welcome!!! Thank you as well!! I can only imagine how you were feeling last night; We as spouses of these brave, strong and courageous fire personnel worry so much when our loved one goes out on a call. My faith in our awesome and wonderful God helps me get through it and I know that he will keep all of our firefighters safe. God Bless ALL fire, EMS and law enforcement personnel!!!!
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