Two people killed in Pitt County house fire

Two people killed in Pitt County house fire
Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 11:08 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 12:27 PM EST
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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Two people are dead after a house fire early this morning in Pitt County.

Pitt County Fire Marshal Jay Morris said the fire happened around 3:15 a.m. at a home on U.S. 64 Alternate, just outside of Bethel.

Stokes, Statton House, and Belvoir Fire Departments were also on the scene. Morris says the knock out of the fire was quick.

Sam Raby was on his way to work, across the street, when the fire happened. “When I came in, I didn’t notice anything until I came around the corner at the railroad tracks and then all of a sudden, I looked and was like ‘what is happening?’” Raby says.

Morris said one adult was able to get out of the burning home, but unfortunately two other adults were found dead in their bed.

Friends nearby say it was a man and woman, and the man was confined to a wheelchair.

Names of those killed have not been released and an autopsy on the bodies will be conducted.

Morris said they are still investigating the cause of the deadly fire, but that initial findings show the fire was accidental. He also expresses the importance of working fire detectors. “Working smoke detectors save lives. If anyone has a need for a working smoke detector whether in the city or in the county, please reach out to Pitt County Emergency Management or Greenville Fire Rescue and we’ll be happy to coordinate some place in home free of charge.”

Meanwhile, the community is supporting the family. Raby says, “I wish and was hoping everything would be okay with the people and prayers go to the families because it’s tough.”