MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) – Multiple fire departments have contained a large storage facility fire in Morehead City.
Morehead City Fire-EMS first responded to the fire on Boyd Lane around 5:30 Friday evening.
“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.
Crews said they found the storage facility engulfed in flames 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.
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?”
Morehead City officials say that crews brought the fire under control by 8 p.m. Friday, but that 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 and that crews would remain on the seen at least through Saturday.
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.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.
Morehead City Storage Fire drone video courtesy of WITN viewer Chuck Hill