71-Year-Old Man Escapes Home Inferno

A spectacular fire destroyed a Pitt County home Friday morning. The elderly resident, who was inside at the time, managed to get out safely.

The fire was on Stokes Road, outside of Belvoir. Flames engulfed the one story home and a plume of smoke could be seen from Highway 33.

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Clint Spruill tells WITN News that he was inside his home around 11:00 a.m. when he heard a popping noise and then saw flames. The 71-year-old man ran outside to safety.

Spruill, who has lived in the home for about 20 years, believes an electrical problem sparked the blaze.

Multiple fire departments tried to contain the fire, but initial units ran out of water. Firefighters say after 45 minutes the roof of the home collapsed and they decided to curtail their efforts and allow the home to burn itself out.

There were no reports of injuries.


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