NEW INFO: Several crews respond to large sheds on fire at Pitt County farm

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Insurance adjusters will investigate how two large shed caught fire on a Pitt County farm early Monday.

Chad Singleton, deputy chief for the red Oak Volunteer Fire Department, says in addition to four new tractors inside, the sheds were full of hay and other farm equipment. Attached to the sheds which were 50 by 100 feet long, were five tobacco barns. Two of those were lost in the fire that took nearly four hours to extinguish.

It happened around 2:00 a.m. at the Mills Farm on Speight Seed Farm Road.

Singleton says a fire report estimates the loss at between $250,000 and $300,000.

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Officials say two firefighters received minor injuries while working to extinguish a large fire at two sheds overnight.

Deputy chief for the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department, Chad Singleton, says as of 2 a.m., crews were leaving the scene of the fire at 3223 Speight Seed Farm Road, but will continue monitoring "hot spots" through Monday.

Singleton says they had been there for nearly four hours fighting the flames late Sunday night.

He says no one was inside either of the sheds when they arrived on scene, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.


Fire officials anticipate being at the scene of a fire at a local farm well into the overnight hours.

Chad Singleton is deputy chief for the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department. He says fire crews were called to Speight Seed Farm Road near U.S. Highway 13 around 10:25 p.m. Sunday for a reported barn fire.

Singleton says flames could be seen over the trees as they turned on to U.S. Highway 13.

Two sheds, roughly 50x100, were on fire. Singleton says they could hear explosions as they arrived. He attributes that to the fuel tanks of multiple tractors that were stored inside the sheds.

There was not a fire hydrant close by so Singleton says they started a water shuttle operation and deployed numerous tankers.

The Town of Winterville, Winterville Community, Farmville, Sharp Point, and Falkland fire departments provided mutual aid. Wayne Peaden with the Pitt County Fire Marshal's Office was at the scene as well.

Winterville EMS also responded, but there were no injuries reported.

Singleton says the operation overnight will focus on what can be salvaged and they will try to protect what was not burned.

He says hay fires are one of the most difficult to extinguish.

There's no word yet on what caused the fire.

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Multiple fire crews are at the scene of a large building fire in Pitt County.

Pitt County emergency dispatchers say the fire was reported on Speight Seed Farm Road around 10:15 p.m.

Neighbors tell WITN that a farm is on fire and that some in the surrounding area have been asked to leave their homes.

Read Oak Fire Department and Winterville Fire Department are among those at the scene.

No word yet on what started the fire or possible injuries.

Stay with WITN as this story develops.