Men Killed In Morehead City Shed Fire Identified

More than a week after two men were found dead inside a burned-out Morehead City shed and authorities have identified them.

Medical records helped identify 63-year-old Michael Ray and 65-year-old Bucky Bryan.

The two men were found dead inside the shed at Willis Mobile Home Park around 8:00 p.m. last Sunday. Police say electricity was illegally hooked up in the shed and the park manager had previously complained about squatters living in the building.

The fire started due to an electrical problem, according to authorities.

Police say the delay in identifying the victims were because of the condition of their bodies and no identification was found at the scene.
An autopsy performed last week said both men died from smoke inhalation.


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Investigators now say an electrical problem caused a deadly fire in Morehead City Sunday night that claimed the lives of two men.

The two men were found in a shed that had caught fire at the Willis Mobile Home Park around 8:00 p.m. Police say electricity was illegally hooked up in the shed and the park manager had previously complained about squatters living in the building.

An autopsy performed Wednesday says both men died from smoke inhalation.

The men have still not been identified.


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Police say they do not suspect foul play in a fire that claimed the lives of two men Sunday night in Morehead City.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m., officers were called to Willis Mobile Home Park off of Bridges Street.

When officers got to the scene they found one body in the doorway and another body inside. Those bodies have not been identified.

Police say electricity was illegally connected to the shed, with appliances hooked up.

Julie Moore, manager of the trailer park, says since April squatters have been living in that shed. She has called police and the squatters have been warned multiple times to leave. Moore says she is pretty sure at least one of the people who perished in the fire was a squatter.

The fire department says the cause of the blaze is undetermined and remains under investigation. The shed is owned by Sam Guthrie, who owns 18 trailers in the park.

Police say autopsies for the two dead men are planned for Wednesday.


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Morehead City officers are investigating after they were called out to a shed fire and they found two bodies.

Officers say they were called out to a shed fire at Willis Mobile Home Park off of Bridges Street in Morehead City around 8 p.m.

When officers got to the scene they found one body in the doorway and another body inside. Those bodies have not been identified.

Officers are still on scene investigating.

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