MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) – Fire investigators on the coast are still trying to determine what caused a huge storage facility fire on Friday.
Multiple fire departments battled the blaze in Morehead City Friday evening and remained at the scene fighting hotspots all night Friday and throughout the day on Saturday
Morehead City Fire-EMS first responded to the fire on Boyd Lane around 5:30 Friday evening.
Crews said they found the storage facility engulfed in flames on one end when they arrived and crews from Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Broad & Gales Creek, Mill Creek, Newport, and Western Carteret fire departments were called to help battle the blaze. Video from the fire shows that it quickly spread to the entire building as firefighters fought to contain it. It was finally brought under control around 8 p.m.
“Looking at it by the eye, it looked like it was really close like a couple of streets over,” said Chuck Hill, who lives near the storage facility.
While crews were trying to contain the fire, Hill was capturing it all with his drone as he says he stood in his front yard only about a mile away.
“I was actually worried that it was a neighbor’s house,” Hill said. “The first thing on your mind is where are your kids?”
Smoke would be visible coming from the scene overnight and throughout the day Saturday because the building was used to store lumber and stacks of plywood.
Hill says he’s been drone-certified for nearly ten years and has never captured anything like this.
“I think that’s the first fire I’ve ever shot,” Hill said. “I’ve shot a lot of stuff, but definitely seeing that was kind of scary.”
Fire officials said the investigation is still ongoing.
Morehead City Storage Fire drone video courtesy of WITN viewer Chuck Hill