NEW INFO: Pitt County says late night barn fires "suspicious"

Two barn fires late Monday night are suspicious, according to Pitt County's emergency management director.

Allen Everette says the cause of the two fires on U.S. 64 Alternate remains under investigation.

Firefighters say a smaller barn was filled with tobacco sticks and tobacco racks, while the larger one had a pickup truck and trailer, as well as other items inside.

The larger one was a complete loss, officials say, the smaller barn was also badly damaged.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office is also conducting an investigation.


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The Pitt County Sheriff's Office, as well as the fire marshal, are investigating what caused two barns to go up in flames late Monday night.

We're told two barns and a pick up truck were fully engulfed when crews got to the scene at 1449 U.S. 64 Alternate, near Bethel, around 11:45 p.m.

Firefighters say a smaller barn was filled with tobacco sticks and tobacco racks, and a larger barn was filled with a truck and trailer, and they are working to determine what else was inside.

The larger one was a complete loss, officials say, the smaller barn was also badly damaged.

Bethel fire chief Thomas Lilley says they are trying to figure out how the fire started and an investigation is underway.

Crews say the fire was out by 1 a.m.


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Multiple crews responded to a barn fire in Pitt County late Monday night.

Emergency responders were called to the scene on U.S. 64 Alternate near Bethel -- that's according to the fire marshal there.

Crews arrived to the scene just before 11:20 p.m. Monday evening.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office, Bethel Police and Fire, and Pitt County EMS are at the scene.

We'll update the story as we get new information.