Fire breaks out at Winterville home

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A structure fire broke out at a Winterville home Monday night around 10 p.m.

The fire happened at 4974 Old Tar Road and about a dozen first responder vehicles were at the scene.

According to Winterville Fire Marshall Tony Smart, once first responders arrived on the scene, they found the home’s attic as well as a vehicle in the garage area on fire.

The fire is under investigation, but the homeowner tells WITN he believes that his truck’s engine is what caused the fire.

Smart says the fire did severe damage to the home, but he still isn’t exactly sure what caused everything.

“Heavy damage to structure itself as far as the fire spread from the actual vehicle up into the exposed house,” Smart said. “Still under investigation, still trying to find the cause. We will have more information later on as to how it got started, right now we’re still real early in the investigation and just trying to put all the pieces together of this puzzle to make sure that we get it right.”

We will continue to update this story as we learn more information regarding the investigation process.

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