A fire leveled an eastern Craven County home on Tuesday, but no one was injured.
Little remains of the one-story home at 890 Smith Farm Road, which is off Adams Creek Road. Two people in the home at the time of the fire escaped with their dog.
“They were inside their home when they noticed smoke coming around the corner,” said Ira Whitford, Craven County fire marshal and assistant emergency services director. “They went outside and noticed their garage was on fire. The homeowner tried to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher, but it was too late.”
Whitford said the fire started in the garage shortly before 3 p.m. He said by the time firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to the house.
“When the first units arrived, the garage was fully engulfed and it had spread to the house,” Whitford said. “It was just the intensity of it. It was fully involved.”
Whitford said the homeowner kept some gun powder in the garage to reload bullets but said that did not create any hardship for the firefighters from Harlowe, Havelock, Mill Creek and Township Six who responded.
He did not pinpoint the gun powder as a possible cause of the fire.
“The cause has not been determined,” Whitford said, describing the damage to the home as significant. “All that will come in the investigation, but there’s nothing suspicious about it.”
Whitford said the couple living in the home lost nearly everything and was offered help through the Red Cross.
The home was down a narrow dirt road, and one of the Havelock fire trucks responding to the scene ended up stuck in a ditch. Havelock Fire Chief Rick Zaccardelli said the truck did have some damage.
“It got caught in a rut and ran off the road,” he said.
Zaccardelli said he did not have an estimated cost of the damage to the truck.