Greenville duplex fire ruled accidental

Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 9:06 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2020 at 7:26 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Fire officials say 15 people are without a home after a Greenville multiplex caught fire early Wednesday morning.

Neighbors are describing the moments they noticed a home so close went up in flames.

Fire Marshal Bryant Beddard says this was the result of an electrical fire and nothing was salvageable inside this home. Luckily, no one was hurt.

Neighbor Nathan Myers says he found out about the fire when his dogs started causing a ruckus.

“We were just laying there sleeping and our dogs started barking,” Myers said. “It was a different kind of bark than normal. So, we knew we ought to get up and look out the window.”

Myers saw the home across the street in flames.

“It looked massive. There were flames going clear above the roof,” Myers said, “It was devastating.”

Myers calls his dogs Bentley and Anne the real heroes for alerting him and his wife.

“My wife hollered over to the neighbors coming out of the house, ‘Do you need us to call for help?’ They did,” Myers said.

Kevin Peters has lived next door to the home for 25 years. He was also awakened early in the morning.

“We heard a loud knock on the door. And as soon as I got up, I saw red lights,” Peters said. “The fireman asked us that we need to get out.”

Other than some vinyl damage from the heat, Peters and his family are fine. He empathizes with his neighbors.

“35 years ago my childhood home burned down in West Virginia. So, it is a bad feeling,” Peters said.

The community is planning to band together to help.

“We’re here to help any way we can to help them get back on their feet,” Myers said.

And Fire Marshal Bryant Beddard credits the smoke detector for saving all those lives.

“Thankfully, there were working smoke alarms inside the home that did alert the occupants,” Beddard said.

Beddard says fires are common around the holidays. So, if you need a smoke detector, contact Greenville Fire-Rescue for their free replacement services.

The Red Cross did step in to help the displaced family.


A fire that impacted 15 people this morning was caused by an electrical problem.

Greenville Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Bryant Beddard says the fire at the duplex on Westgate Drive started in the living room and was caused by an electrical issue.

The fire broke out just before 2:30 a.m. and firefighters had the fire under control in 20 minutes.

Those living in the duplex said there were 15 family members staying there at the time.

No one was injured and Beddard credits that with working smoke alarms inside.

The Red Cross is helping the victims.


Firefighters say 15 people are displaced after a duplex caught fire early Wednesday morning in Greenville.

Greenville Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Bryant Beddard says a multi-family duplex on Westgate Drive caught fire just before 2:30 a.m.

Beddard says no one was hurt and the Red Cross is now stepping in to help those who were displaced.

The Red Oak Fire Department assisted in putting out the flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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