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Fire marshal investigating cause of Morehead City blaze

By Jaime McCutcheon
Published On: Apr 10 2014 10:27:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 11 2014 03:41:46 PM CDT
MOREHEAD CITY, CARTERET COUNTY -

The fire marshal is investigating what caused a blaze that seriously damaged a house in Morehead City.

The fire happened on Glenn Abby Drive Thursday night. A neighbor said two people and a dog were inside the home at the time, but they all escaped safely.

Neighbor Walter Wardell says he was outside shucking clams, when he smelled something burning.

"The flames were mainly coming out the windows, initially, and then you could see them move up into the attic area," Wardell said. "You could see the smoke start to come out, up the opposite end of the house."

Viewer Jeff Deaton sent in the above photo. (CLICK HERE: More photos of the fire.)

Fire officials said the family was cooking inside the home when the blaze started, but investigators have determined that cooking was not the cause.

The fire marshal was at the scene Friday morning to investigate exactly what started the fire.

Officials said they are working to determine the amount of damage caused by the fire, and whether the home is a total loss.

The homeowner is insured, according to a neighbor.

Deaton said he counted at least nine fire trucks at the scene Thursday night, including stations from Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Broad Gales Creek.

"When things like this happen, if anything, it brings people together," Wardell said. "I'm sure it'll just help build the community."

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Several viewers sent in pictures to us Thursday night of a house fire in Morehead City.

Viewer Jeff Deaton tells us the house is in his neighborhood and on Glenn Abby Drive.  Deaton sent us the above picture.  He says he counted at least nine fire trucks at the scene, including stations from Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Broad Gales Creek. 

Deaton says everyone got out safely.

At this time, we have not been able to confirm this information with emergency officials.