UPDATE: SBI investigating Lenoir County house fire

Two injured in early morning Lenoir County house fire
Published: Jan. 2, 2023 at 6:41 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 2, 2023 at 10:54 AM EST
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LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into a massive house fire that destroyed a Lenoir County home Monday morning.

Emergency Services Director Murry Stroud said that the SBI is part of the investigation because of the size of the blaze.

Two people were injured in the fire.

Stroud said that the more seriously injured victim is set to be transferred from ECU Health to the Chapel Hill burn center. We’re told that the SBI is going to talk to the victim before that happens.

Neighbors told investigators they heard an explosion.

Roger Stroud said, “Just a loud boom like somebody hit something real hard.”

Murry Stroud told us, “We’re hearing reports of an explosion and we’re investigating the potential causes of that.”

We’re told that fire investigators are using drones to check out the second floor due to safety concerns.

3703 Hillcrest Rd.
3703 Hillcrest Rd.(Lenoir County Emergency Services)

Previous update:

Two people were injured in a morning house fire in one Eastern Carolina county.

Multiple fire departments were called to a home at 3703 Hillcrest Rd. in Lenoir County.

Officials say two people inside the home sustained injuries from the fire but were able to escape before the fire department’s arrival.

One patient has been transported to ECU Health Medical Center with serious injuries. The other patient was transported to UNC Lenoir Hospital with minor injuries.

Firefighters are still working to contain the blaze and investigators from Lenoir County Emergency Services are working to determine the cause of the fire.