Body of missing 21-year-old QVC employee found following massive fire at distribution facility

(WRAL via CNN)
Published: Dec. 19, 2021 at 7:19 PM EST
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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WRAL) - A body found inside a QVC distribution facility following a massive 5-alarm fire was identified as a missing 21-year-old man.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office said search and rescue members located the body on the outbound side of the loading dock at the distribution facility on Sunday morning. The body was identified as Kevon Ricks around 4 p.m.

QVC officials had previously confirmed that “everyone inside the center made it out safely.”

The major fire tore through the building on Saturday morning, just after 2 a.m. Fire officials said 75 percent of the building was destroyed from the fire.

Family members told WRAL News that Ricks had just started working at QVC three weeks ago and was the father of a 1-year-old child.

Ricks’ aunt, Stephanie Randolph, thanked people for their prayers and shared the news about her missing nephew.

Family members said they last heard from Ricks around 1:15 a.m. on Saturday.

The cause of the fire would not be able to be determined until Monday, according to authorities. Fire officials said they had responded to the area recently multiple times for false alarms.

Around 1,200 people work at the facility on an average day. The Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce said that up to 2,500 families were impacted by the fire.

No other information was released on Ricks’ death.

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