Kinston police officer injured after Pitt County house fire

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 5:26 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2020 at 10:50 PM EDT
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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A Kinston police officer was injured when his home caught fire Tuesday morning in Pitt County.

Firefighters say the fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. on Circle Lane, which is across from the East Carolina Stockyard on Highway 11.

Kinston Police Chief Tim Dilday says Officer Keenan Beard had several burns and was treated and released from Vidant Medical Center. The chief says Beard has been with the department for just over a year.

According to a Facebook fundraiser page setup by his cousin Jeremy Emory, Beard was asleep when the fire broke out and that he lost everything.

Emory says, “He worked so hard to get to where he’s at now, and to see everything go up in flames is devastating.”

Drew Morgan is Officer Beard’s Neighbor. He says, “This was very upsetting, kind of traumatizing in a way. Like I said I woke up, this could’ve easily been our house or even like the neighbors behind him.

It was kind of scary”

Beard’s friend Taylor Fralick was in the house as well. You can click on the link below for her fundraising page.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Grifton Fire Department, but late Tuesday afternoon a county spokesman told WITN that there was no indication of foul play.

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