Officials say a family of four rushed out of their burning house in the middle of the night. All of them safely escaped a fire.
Ira Whitford, the Assistant Director of Craven County Emergency Services, says Charles Begely was able to get his wife and two children out of their house on Wanchese Way in the Carolina Pines neighborhood early Tuesday morning.
Begely was looking to see if there was an intruder in their house around 2:15 a.m., after a noise woke up his wife. Instead of an intruder, Begely discovered his roof was on fire. Whitford says Begely quickly got his wife and children out of the house.
A neighbor also saw the fire and called 911. Township Six Fire Department responded, along with mutual aid from Havelock Fire Department and District Seven Fire Department.
Whitford described damage to the house as "heavy," saying the roof is totally destroyed. The family is getting help from the Red Cross, since they can't return to their home with the significant damage.
Dispatchers say a house was full engulfed in fire at 111 Wanchese Way. It's a New Bern address, but the location is near the Croatan National Forest between New Bern and Havelock.
Officials say no one was in the house when the fire started around 2:15 am Tuesday morning. We'll bring you more details as soon as we can.