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Official: Van catches fire with mom and kids inside

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jun 20 2013 04:58:41 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 20 2013 05:30:24 PM CDT
NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

A mother and three kids were inside their van when it became engulfed in flames Thursday in Craven County.

According to an official with the New Bern Fire Department, the mom and her three children were traveling on Highway 55 when a driver behind them noticed sparks and honked. The family then saw smoke and pulled over on Honda Drive, off Highway 17 near a Bojangle's restaurant and Coca-cola plant.  It happened at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the official said.

The family was able to escape without injuries, the official added. But the van is a total loss. Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire, but believe it may be linked to a mechanical issue in the rear of the vehicle, according to the official.