Investigation sparks after Pitt Co. home shop catches fire twice in two days

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A shop fire is now under investigation after a local fire department chief says crews from multiple agencies were called to put out two separate fires at the same address.

The Clarks Neck Fire Department Chief Bryan Dixon says a garage shop at 5883 Clarks Neck Road has caught fire twice within the last two days.

The first time crews were called to the property was early Monday morning at 12:57 a.m. After an investigation, the fire chief says the cause was deemed electrical, and power was cut from the building.

This morning, at 1:40 a.m., multiple fire stations responded to the shop on fire again. Dixon says crews had put out the fire within 30 minutes and put out hot spots until 4:30 a.m.

The Clarks Neck Fire Department says the homeowner’s dog woke them up and they heard explosions from paint cans this morning.

The owner says he lost several classic cars, one which had been restored and two others that he and his grandson were working on.

Alfred Edwards says after the first fire, the cars were not a total loss, but in the latest fire everything was lost, including major damage to the building.

Edwards says the power was turned off and there was no gasoline in any of the cars when the second fire began.

The Pitt County fire marshal and Pitt County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire. WITN has reached out to the sheriff’s office.

The other fire departments that assisted with the response to the fires were Grimesland Volunteer Fire Department, Black Jack Volunteer Fire Department, and Pactulous Volunteer Fire and Rescue.