NEW DETAILS: Sunday house fire outside of Greenville cause undetermined & total loss

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Fire crews are battling a blaze at one Eastern Carolina home Sunday afternoon.

A house at 111 Leon Drive just outside of Greenville caught fire. Fire crews from Simpson Fire Department and Greenville Fire/Rescue responded to the home around 11:30 a.m. A ladder truck helped attack the blaze as flames burned the roof of the home.

Simpson Firefighter Jim McArthur says there was complete damage from one end of the home to the other, calling it a total loss and unlivable. McArthur says he believes the fire started in the back part of the home.

Pitt County Fire Marshal Jay Morris says at this time, the cause of the fire is accidental/undetermined.

Morris says the owner of the home lives by himself. The victim is displaced, but uninjured and contacted insurance and the Red Cross to find a place to stay, according to the county fire marshal.

Neighbors Ali Best and Cristy Brett were preparing their kids for a lake day at Brett’s house. Brett says she lives across the street from the house that caught fire, and Best says she knows the homeowner.

”We were relieved to know that he was ok but then it was just like oh my gosh as it got worse and worse. it’s scary. Then, you start thinking what if this was my house then it makes it even scarier,” says Best.

McArthur says it took crews 2-1/2 hours to put out the flames, and the cause is still under investigation.